​​​​​​​​​​​​​Master of Arts in TESOL & Applied Linguistics​​​

The Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics Program is a two-year graduate program that helps students prepare for a variety of careers in linguistics and education.

It is ideal for students interested in pursuing a doctoral program in linguistics or education; as well as teaching within public or private P-12 schools, refugee education, adult English language programming, and college level intensive English language programs both domestically and abroad. Graduates of our program are also well positioned to pursue or enhance careers in international business, law, communications or civil service professions. To see what careers our graduates have pursued with a Master of Arts in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, click here.

Program Overview 

This two-year master's program consists of live courses which take place Monday-Thursday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 3 p.m. making this an ideal program for working professionals pursuing a master's degree while maintaining their employment.

Our courses provide a firm foundation in: 
  • Linguistics
  • Multilingual/multicultural education
  • Bilingualism
  • Second language acquisition
  • Curriculum evaluation and design
  • Assessment
  • Language pedagogy
The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours (24 credits required, 12 credits of departmental electives), thesis approval, and completion of graduate service to the community hours. Upon transcript and syllabi evaluation by the department, graduate transfer students may transfer up to nine graduate credit hours of electives.

We also offer diverse experiential learning opportunities within our program, campus and community that will help graduates build their work experience and resume before graduation. 

TESOL Endorsement Program
Teachers holding a teaching license valid in the state of Ohio may choose to pursue our 15-credit post-baccalaureate TESOL endorsement program​ or our 36-credit TESOL endorsement MA program. 

Graduate Assistantships
Students in the Master of Arts in TESOL and Applied Linguistics Program may qualify for assistantships within our ELL Support Center , graduate MATESOL Program or they may be considered for other assistantship opportunities across campus. Our selection process begins in the spring of each year.  

Why Study TESOL?

TESOL and Applied Linguistics graduates are trained in a variety of skills desirable to the current job market such as research, analysis, presentation, problem-solving, critical thinking, metacognitive organizational skills, intrapersonal/interpersonal and cross-cultural communication in both oral and written formats. 

Each course is designed to develop the student's content, pedagogic and research knowledge within our field and is linked to one or more of our four program goals:

Pedagogic/Practitioner Knowledge - to prepare specialists on sound pedagogic practices that will qualify candidates for validation in TESL, TESOL, TEFL and Bilingual Ed.

Curricular/Assessment Knowledge - to prepare curriculum developers, assessment specialists and program designers to critically analyze, evaluate and implement programs designed for language learners and for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Linguistic/Cultural Knowledge - to equip candidates with the historical and professional knowledge regarding language as a system and the acquisition and development of language users; to build an understanding and appreciation for the nature of language, culture and literacy.

Professional/Scholastic Advancement - to equip candidates with the historical and professional knowledge that will enable them to be leaders and advocates for culturally and linguistically diverse populations and; to prepare scholars for advanced degrees and active membership in regional, national and international Applied Linguistics/TESOL/Bilingual organizations.

UF Graduates Have Found Jobs in the Following Careers:

Teaching Related Careers:
  • Bilingual (K-12) teaching positions
  • ESL (English as a second language) and EFL (English as a foreign language) K-12 teachers
  • Curriculum designers
  • Program coordinators
  • Instructors within university English language Programs (ELPs) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs
  • Dialect coach
  • Parent liaison for K-12

Educational Related Careers:

  • State, Federal or Foreign department/ministry of education positions
  • Outreach coordinator for nonprofits
  • University recruitment officer
  • University student services coordinator
  • Coordinator for cultural exchange and study abroad programs
  • Research assistant
  • Missionary
  • Refugee outreach coordinator 
  • English secretary
  • Corporate diversity trainer
  • Corporate international project manager
  • Quality assurance consultant
  • Advertising analyst
  • Corporate English language teacher

Government Related Careers:

  • Freelance interpreter/translator
  • Court translator
  • Political officer for the U.S.A. or foreign embassy
  • Regional campaign manager


  • Copy editor for foreign newspapers published in English
  • Copy editor for educational publications
  • Writer for educational publications
  • Project manager for educational publishers
  • Technical writer
  • Curriculum developer

Other UF graduates choose to use their MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics as a stepping stone for further education in fields such as:

  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Speech Pathology
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Business

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