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.
Our program helps you upgrade your skills and employability
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.
Find out More about TESOL Spanish M.A.
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Elise DuBord, Ph.D
Graduate Program Coordinator
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.
Marine Pepanyan, international student from Armenia, recent Ed.D. graduate
"In TESOL/Spanish, I acquired the necessary knowledge for teaching learners of a second language. After graduating from UNI, I easily found a job in the University of Central Missouri's IEP program. The TESOL/Spanish program created a solid foundation for my future studies and career growth. Go Panthers!"
Juan Carlos Castillo, Ph.D.
During the spring 2023 semester, UNI students in the Translation for Heritage Speakers had the chance to put their skills to use in real-world scenarios, thanks to some unique assignments from Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics Juan Carlos Castillo.