Department of English

Master of Arts in English as a Second Language

Program Overview/Accolades

The Masters of Arts in English as a Second Language, an applied linguistics degree, exists to train a group of language educators for professional credibility within the international profession of TESOL, teachers of English to speakers of other languages and dialects. Our mission is threefold:

  • To continue education for those teachers and administrators who interact with second language learners within the public and private school sectors in the environment of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas;
  • To prepare new teachers, researchers, and administrators for working with second language learners, particularly of English, throughout the world under varying social, political, economic, and cultural conditions; and
  • To legitimize the profession of English as a second language for the local, state, national, and international communities by basing fieldwork applications, whether in the ESL/EFL classroom, program administration, or research, on solid theoretical backgrounds both in theoretical and applied linguistics

Program, Faculty & Student Accolades…

  • Graduate, Yvette Nevarez was the recipient of the 2012 Best Teachers in the Region Award in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Graduate, Noe Alonzo became a successful English teacher and local celebrity in Seoul, Korea.
  • Graduate of this program have been accepted into phd programs throughout the US and the UK.
  • Faculty, Minhee Eom was the recipient of the Texas Humanities Grant to provide training workshops for Rio Grande Valley teachers of English Language Learners.
  • Faculty, Deborah Cole was the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Time to Degree: 4 semesters (full-time), 6 semesters (half-time)

Total Credit Hours: 36 hours

Tracks: Thesis and Non-Thesis Options


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