Frequently Asked Questions for the TESL Graduate Programs

Question

Response

I’m already certified to teach. How can I become certified to teach ESL?

If you are already certified to teach any subject in North Carolina and you want to teach ESL, all you have to do is take and pass the Praxis II ESOL. If you want to add any subject area to your current certification, you must pass the Praxis II for that area.

However, ESL is a complex field that changes often. The coursework offered at UNCW not only prepares you for the Praxis II ESOL, but also provides a core of professional knowledge necessary for success in your new teaching position.

If I’m already certified and don’t want another degree, what courses do I need to add-on ESL?

UNCW has an ESL Add-on Licensure program. It consists of 6 courses that can be completed in one year. The ESL add-on program is a distance education program that can be completed in a completely online format.

I’m already certified but I want to get my master’s degree in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)?

You should apply for the Master’s of Education (M.Ed) degree. This degree is 33 credit hours and includes all the courses required in the ESL add-on. The M.Ed program is a distance education program that can be completed in a completely online format.

I’m not certified to teach anything, but I want to be. What should I do?

You should apply to our Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT). The MAT is a 33-credit hour program with an internship component. The MAT program is a distance education program that can be completed in a completely online format. For more information on the internship, go to the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach website.

What do you mean by Distance Education?

All of our courses are offered in an online format, so you never have to physically come to Wilmington. However, there are several courses that have optional meeting times. In these classes, you would be in front of your computer at a certain time on a certain day per week. These meetings are recorded for students who cannot participate live.

How much will this cost?

Tuition and fees tend to change frequently. Generally speaking, our Distance Education programs are cheaper than maincampus courses. For more specific information, please see this website, https://uncw.edu/studentaccounts/tuition_fees.html. Remember to check tuition and fees for Distance Education (not main campus) Programs and bear in mind that many figures are for a single credit hour. All our courses are 3 credit hours.

How long will it take me to finish?

This would depend on your own schedule and how many courses you take per semester. Generally full-time students take 1-2 courses per semester.

If I work full time can I get my teacher’s license?

If you work at a school as an ESL teacher’s assistant, you can keep this job while doing your teaching internship. However, your teaching internship must be done full time during school hours.

For more information, please visit our Teacher Education Outreach website. If you are working toward NC teacher certification, you must be in NC to complete your internship.

What if I want to teach abroad?

If you’re interested in going outside the US to teach English as a Foreign Language, there are several options. Please contact Dr. Lynn or Dr. Pappamihiel for more information.

 

How Many Classes Will I Take?

Graduate Courses

M.Ed

MAT

ESL Add-On

Clinical Residency

TSL 511: ESL Issues: Culture, Policy & Advocacy (3) †

X

X

X

X

TSL 516: Second Language Acquisition: Research and Theory (3)

X

X

X

X

TSL 517: Methods for Second Language Learners(3) † *

X

X

X

X

TSL 518: English as a Second Language Assessment (3) *

X

X

X

X

TSL 519: Pedagogical Grammar for Teachers (3)

X

X

X

TSL 537: Linguistics for Teachers (3)

X

X

X

X

EDN 590: Student Teaching in Education (Internship, 3-12)

X

X

EDN 500: Human Development and Learning (3)

X

X

EDN 520: Instructional Development (3)

X

Number of Courses (Total Credit Hours)

11 (33 Credit Hours)

11 (33 Credit Hours)

6 (18 Credit Hours)

† This course requires field experience,  * Prerequisite course required