The MA TESL at Penn State provides a theory-driven, reflective, professional approach designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in adult language education either as teachers, coordinators or administrators of ESL or EFL programs.

No. Applicants to the program come with a variety of majors.

In our admissions process, we attend to the entire picture generated by an applicant’s record of achievements, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and test scores.

Please check the Funding Opportunities link to see if funding is available for the academic year for which you intend to apply.  

Funding decisions are made separately from admissions decisions. You can expect to receive news about funding before the start of the fall semester. 

Students who are funded receive a grant-in-aid that covers tuition costs and a stipend. The amount of the stipend is calculated by the Graduate School each year.

You may apply at any time. However, if you are an international student, you must apply by October 1 to be admitted for the spring semester, or by May 1 for the following fall semester. This time is required for the processing of your international status.

No. The MA TESL degree does not give you any credentials for teaching in U.S. public (state) schools. Teachers in public schools must have a teaching license which is earned through a four-year undergraduate degree in Education. Each state has its own requirements for the certification of ESL instructors. This information can usually be found in each state’s Department of Education.

The University Office of Global Programs at Penn State provides assistance for international students in all administrative, regulatory, and legal matters. It also provides a variety of educational, cultural, and social programs to help international students adjust to campus life.

For more information, please visit the website of Global Penn State.