Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Welcome to the home page for our undergraduate and graduate TESOL programs, where we focus on current theoretical and practical approaches to language teaching.  Our graduates are employed throughout the US and the world in positions involving language teaching, teacher training, materials development, assessment, and program administration.  Our core faculty is among the best in the nation and includes prolific researchers, journal editors, teacher educators, and people with a broad range of teaching and assessment experience.

We offer

Teaching Opportunities

Our teaching practicums offer students a chance to team-teach their own class in a community-based ESL program in addition to microteaching activities in other classes. 

Research Opportunities

Most classes include some discussion of current research while others offer opportunities to conduct research. 

Professional Development

Our courses offer a broad perspective on the field of TESOL and include assignments that help introduce students to the profession.

Degree Areas


We offer an MA in TESOL to students interested in teaching English as a second language abroad or in the community. Some MATESOL students, who are interested in research, have gone on to pursue the SLS PhD or other doctoral programs at MSU.

Minor in TESOL

Undergraduate students who are not pursuing teacher certification in the College of Education but are interested in teaching English abroad or in adult programs in the US may add a TESOL Minor. There is also a Teaching Minor for students in the College of Education.

Dual Enrollment For Undergraduates

We offer options for undergraduates from linguistics and other majors to begin the MA program early and double count some of their credits.

PhD in Second Language Studies

A PhD in Second Language Studies is offered outside the department and in the College of Arts and Letters.




Students and Alumni

featured Alumni

Christopher Garth

Graduated the MA TESOL in 2013

Current Position: English Program Coordinator at the Japan Center for Michigan University

To read more about Christopher’s experience during this MA program, click below:

Ryan Miller

Graduated the MA TESOL in 2009

Current Position: Associate Professor in TESOL at Kent State in Kent, Ohio.

To read more about Ryan’s experience during this MA program, click below:

Mariah Shafer

Graduated the MA TESOL in 2010

Current Position: Outreach Director at the Refugee Development Center in East Lansing

To read more about Mariah’s experience during this MA program, click below: