About the Accelerated MA Program
The Accelerated M.A. in Intercultural Studies & TESOL offers Wheaton College undergraduate students the opportunity to earn the B.A of their choice and the M.A in Intercultural Studies & TESOL in five years by taking graduate credit courses during their senior year.
Up to eight hours of graduate credit may be taken each semester (16-hour maximum taken as an undergraduate). The student will be given a graduate advisor, but will retain the undergraduate advisor and be classified as an undergraduate until the bachelor's degree is earned. Earning a graduate degree by this method can have a financial advantage. Courses taken toward this accelerated master's degree program cannot be counted toward the student's bachelor's degree requirements.
Those interested in the Accelerated M.A. should submit an application to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to earning 90 undergraduate credit hours. A letter of recommendation is also required. After acceptance, students will be able to register for graduate-level courses only after completing 90 undergraduate credit hours.
Examples of TESOL Teaching Opportunities
Whether students are planning on teaching overseas or in downtown Chicago, the Accelerated M.A. equips students for the extensive TESOL opportunities that are available worldwide.
- Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in colleges and universities, language institutes, company-sponsored programs, and centers for immigrants and refugees.
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools (K-12), language institutes and international schools.
The required courses meet the standards for professional preparation established by the international agency for English language teachers.
For more information contact Dr. Alan Seaman, the TESOL Director, at Alan.Seaman@wheaton.edu