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M.A. in TESOL Program Formats

The Intercultural Studies Department at Wheaton has developed the following M.A. program formats to meet the diverse needs of our TESOL students.

Residential M.A.

For full-time graduate students

The Residential M.A. is an on campus program for completing a Master's degree in TESOL and Intercultural Studies. It can be completed in 1.5-2 years. This program requires 36 credit hours of course work involving both the theory of the field and specific practical areas. These courses are completed at the Wheaton College Graduate School and allow the student to be immersed in the Wheaton community. By completing this program as a resident of Wheaton, students have numerous opportunities for involvement in on-campus events and access to electives taught in other departments that might not be available in intensive format.

Accelerated M.A.

For current undergraduates at Wheaton College

The Accelerated M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies 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 junior and senior years. 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.

Summers-Only/Online Format

For current teachers

The Summers-Only/Online Format is a 36 credit hour program that offers the required TESOL coursework in a three-year cycle each June and July, with the option of taking up to 5 years to complete the M.A. These classes are taught in an intensive format (classes are one to three weeks long) on the Wheaton College campus for students who want to continue working in their current position throughout the year. In addition to the summer intensive classes, students may take up to 18 hours of online coursework during the fall and spring semesters.