The Masters of Arts in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) at Fairleigh Dickinson University is designed for (a) international students who want to teach English outside of the United States; and (b) domestic students (i.e., US citizens and legal residents) who desire a masters degree to teach English as a second language but do not wish to pursue New Jersey K-12 teacher certification.

Admission requirements

International Students:

  • A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based) or better.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Domestic Students

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Student Outcomes

The MA in TESL/TEFL Program produces teaching candidates who are:

  1. Qualified to teach subject matter;
  2. Competent in pedagogy;
  3. Caring professionals;
  4. Technologically proficient;
  5. Culturally responsive to the needs of diverse learners;
  6. Reflective practitioners who embrace the concept of lifelong learning
  7. Prepared to obtain language instructor positions in a range of contexts, both local and global.

Degree Plan

Required Courses (18 credits)

(Note: These courses also comprise the ESL specialist FDU graduate certificate)

  • EDUC6565     Second Language Acquisition Methods and Curriculum
  • EDUC6584     Computer’s as a Teacher’s Aide: Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC6574     Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • EDUC6650     Behavioral Science for Teachers: Language and Culture (or)
  • EDUC6649     Introduction to US Culture
  • EDUC6654     Literacy Development for Second Language Learners
  • EDUC6661     Behavioral Science for Teachers: The Multicultural Classroom

Clinical Component (4 credits)

  • EDUC6635     Clinical Practice and Seminar in Language Instruction

Electives (9 credits)

MA Teaching degree (2 credits)

Course Descriptions