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M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies

Why Pursue a M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies ?

The M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies provides teachers with a solid foundation in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Designed for both novice and experienced English language teachers, this program is the standard professional degree for positions in universities, language institutes, community colleges, and adult education programs. 

Why M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies at Wheaton?

The required courses for this program meet the standards for professional preparation established by TESOL, the international agency for English language teachers.

Graduate students in the M.A. in TESOL program

  • Are able to tailor the program to their personal goals, which may include specific areas of teaching (business English, elementary ESL instruction, higher education) and areas of the world (Thailand, Bolivia, Hungary);
  • Can select from a variety of teaching and administrative internships in the Chicago area and overseas;
  • Are mentored by experienced faculty who have served internationally and have published key books in the field of TESOL;
  • Have opportunities to make conference presentations and publish professional articles while in the program;
  • Enjoy a rich range of cross-cultural activities in the Chicago metro area, including field trips to ethnic communities and opportunities for teaching and tutoring in a host of local ESL programs;
  • Benefit from the department’s broad network of connections to schools, universities, and agencies throughout the world as they prepare for work after they graduate.

Whether students are planning on teaching overseas or in downtown Chicago, the degree equips students for the extensive TESOL opportunities that are available worldwide.

  • Opportunities in the U.S. include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in colleges and universities, language institutes, company-sponsored programs, and centers for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. or another English-speaking country.
  • Opportunities abroad include teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools (K-12), language institutes and international schools.

By earning the MA degree, already-licensed K-12 teachers can add an endorsement in ESL and bilingual education and expand their horizons.

The M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies has teamed up with two of the largest teaching organizations to train educators around the world. Through an agreement with the English Language Institute of China (ELIC) and TeachBeyond, the M.A. in TESOL is able to provide professional TESOL training at a more affordable option. 

Q&A with Dr. Cheri Pierson

Tune in to a Q&A session with Dr. Cheri Pierson, Associate Professor of TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). 

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Learn more about how TESOL faculty serve worldwide.

Possible Careers for M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies Students

Alumni of the M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies program have gone on to teach and pursue their ministries in a plethora of ways. Many have went on to start their own intensive English programs in the U.S. and abroad. Others have made their way in holding adminstrative roles in universities and colleges, working to enhances studies for ongoing students.

The Wheaton College Graduate School M.A. in TESOL prepares students for teaching positions in universities, community colleges, community-based adult education programs in the U.S. and in most countries. Our graduates are serving as teachers, department chairs, and program administrators in these professional contexts throughout the world.

Opportunities in the U.S. include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in colleges and universities, language institutes, company-sponsored programs, and centers for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. or another English-speaking country.

Opportunities abroad include teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools (K-12), language institutes and international schools.