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M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language

The TESL curriculum provides students with practical training and theoretical background in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Students take course work in applied linguistics, teaching methods and linguistics:

This degree is the professional credential most widely recognized for, and most commonly required of, individuals preparing for a career in teaching English as a second/foreign language.

The TESL program at the University of Idaho endorses and conforms to the ESL teacher preparation recommendations in the TESOL Guidelines for the Certification and Preparation of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Graduate Admissions

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How to Apply

The University of Idaho’s M.A. in TESL admits students for entry in the fall and spring semesters of each year.

Priority application for fall is February 1.
Fall application deadline for international students is May 1.
Applications incomplete at that time will be at a disadvantage.

Take note: the application process takes some time to complete. You need to have your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended forwarded to our Graduate Admissions office. Letters of recommendation can also take a considerable amount of time. Start early.

We advise that you follow the progress of your application on the graduate website.

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting association.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) or an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have maintained at least a 3.0 grade-point average in subsequent academic work, if any.
  • A TOEFL score (or equivalent English test) of at least 560 (paper test) or 83* (internet test) for non-English speaking students who have not graduated from an English-speaking institution.
  • Students who have successfully completed level 6 at the American Language and Culture Program (or equivalent program) and have not achieved the minimum TOEFL score of 83 will be required to take an English course at the University of Idaho as specified by the director of the MA TESL program.

  1. Graduate Admissions online application.
  2. Three confidential letters of recommendation.
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses completed at each college or university you have attended.
  4. A Statement of Career Objectives, not more than two double-spaced pages, including your desires and goals for the program you wish to enter.
  5. Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  6. Writing sample.
    • Analytical essay: 8‐20 page essay, preferably a paper for a course and with the instructors comments on it.

Send Materials To

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019
Moscow, ID 83844‐3019

For more information about Graduate Studies, contact:

Caroline Payant, Director M.A. TESL
Department of English
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

Phone: (208) 885-6156

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: (208) 885-6156

Fax: (208) 885-5944


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