Program Mission and Vision
Mission: The TESOL Master’s Program of Alliant International University prepares teachers to meet the linguistic, cultural, and academic needs of English language learners in a variety of settings worldwide.
Vision: The TESOL Master’s program of Alliant International University will become internationally recognized and respected as a program of excellence and accessibility that prepares practitioners in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages worldwide.
Specialized Admissions Requirements
Applicants must satisfy the requirements stipulated in the “Admissions and Registration” section of the University catalog as well as meet the following:
GPA: Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher in their BA degree.
Tests: International students applying for the TESOL master’s are required to have a 575 paper score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5; or a 233 computer-based score; or an Internet-based Test (IB-T) score of 80. Additionally, all international students are required to take an English proficiency test before starting the first semester of Master’s study in order to assess individual language needs. International students typically are required to take the ILEC 5010 Graduate Communications course.
Recommendations: Each candidate must provide two written confidential recommendations from those who can attest to the applicant’s abilities, professional and academic accomplishments including those in the education field, and/or experience with teaching English learners.
Transcripts: Official transcripts must be submitted from all accredited institutions of higher education attended by the candidate. When official transcripts are not immediately available, candidates may supply unofficial documents and be admitted on a conditional basis until the end of the first semester.
Personal essay: A two-page personal essay
- describing your academic and professional background including experiences relevant to TESOL and
- future plans in the field of TESOL.
Interview with TESOL Master’s Admissions Committee
Upon receipt and review of all documentation, the candidate will be considered for final admission. Final admissions decision will be made by the TESOL Systemwide Program Director and the TESOL Master’s Admissions Committee.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
The MAE TESOL includes six required courses (18 units) and four elective courses (12 units). Students must complete the 30 units of prescribed courses with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
The TESOL Academic Advisor assists students to determine their Master Plan of Study (MPS) and registers students in appropriate courses (per their MPS) each semester. Students are also assigned to a faculty mentor to assist with their professional development.
Students must successfully complete all course work with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Only courses with a grade of C and higher will be counted towards the degree . All “D” and “ F” grades must be repeated to count towards the degree. Students must complete the practicum project/ portfolio and reflection paper capstone requirements. All grades are final once submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Incomplete grades are issued only in cases of documented illnesses and deaths in the family.
All courses are three semester units.