TESOL/Spanish M.A.

Develop a strong background in the methodology of teaching

In this dynamic combined master’s program, students develop a strong background in Teaching Methodology for teaching both English and Spanish to speakers of other languages. Our students have diverse language backgrounds and are speakers of English, Spanish, and other languages from the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to courses focused on second language teaching methodology, the TESOL portion of the program includes coursework in several areas of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. The Spanish side of the program includes a range of coursework in the areas of Language, Culture, and Literature, such as Translation, Latino/a Culture and Literature, Sociolinguistics, Language and Nationalism, and various topics in Latin American and Iberian Literature.

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Your Resume

Our program helps you upgrade your skills and employability


Class Sizes

The program is small enough to foster a lively integrated community across our course and research options.



With an increasing demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, our graduates will continue to have a wide variety of career possibilities.


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Juan Carlos Castillo, Ph.D

Graduate Program Coordinator

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Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have gone on to the following careers:

  • Teach Spanish or English at community colleges or in intensive English programs.
  • Teach English abroad, particularly in Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Work in social services or the public sector.
  • Upgrade skills and employability for teaching in K-12 settings.
  • Go on to Ph.D. programs in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Hispanic Linguistics, and other related fields.

Courses & Curriculum

Our program is a full-time, on-campus program and offers a non-thesis option only. Our core classes can be:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • English Grammar.

The Spanish side of the program includes a range of coursework such as:

  • Translation
  • Latino/a Culture and Literature
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Nationalism
  • Various topics in Latin American and Iberian Literature/Culture.

The TESOL component of this M.A. program requires successful completion of a teaching portfolio and presentation at a UNI-sponsored or other professional conference/symposia as specified by the TESOL/Applied Linguistics faculty.

The Spanish component of this M.A. program requires successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination, as specified by the Spanish faculty.

Next Steps

Requirements for Admission

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Statement of Purpose written in Spanish
  • Two letters of recommendation (in Spanish or English)
  • 2.75 is the minimum GPA to be accepted without provision; applicants with a GPA lower than 2.75 may still be admitted provisionally, at the discretion of the program and the Graduate College
  • Application fee (this can be waived or deferred, see if you qualify).

Although the program has rolling admissions and admits students for both Fall and Spring semesters, applications must be on file by February 1st for full admission and funding consideration.