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Welcome to the OSU TESL Program

The Department of English at OSU offers a comprehensive program leading to both an MA in English with an option in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in English with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

The MA TESL program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations, e.g., teaching English as a foreign language in an overseas school, college, or university; teaching English as a second language to international students studying in intensive English programs in the U.S.; or teaching English to bilingual/bicultural students in American public school systems and adult education programs.

The PhD program prepares students to conduct research in and teach TESL at the university level. OSU graduates in TESL have been highly successful in the job market. Recent graduates have been employed as instructors at local institutes and universities here in Oklahoma, as well as those in Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Washington D.C., Great Britain, Mexico and Brazil.

The Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a one-year program designed to provide students with the skills important for teaching English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations:

  • Teaching English to bilingual/bicultural, English Language Learner (ELL) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in public school systems and adult education programs.
  • Teaching English as a Second Language to international students studying in English programs in the U.S.
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language in an overseas school, college, or university.

(Students wishing state certification as public school teachers must meet special state requirements)

More Information on TESOL Certificate. 


The MA TESL curriculum provides professional training in descriptive and applied linguistics, methods of teaching English as a second language, materials development, and second language testing. In addition to the training they receive through course work, students also participate in a supervised internship program in ESL. The MA in English with an option in TESL consists of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 34 credit hours (non-thesis option). In addition to these hours, students must fulfill the foreign language requirement and pass a qualifying examination in TESL/Linguistics. 

More information about the MA TESL Degree Requirements

The PhD program allows more specialization and encourages students to match their interests with course offerings. The departmental course offerings include a variety of seminars in psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, second language theory and methodology, and second language testing. Students may also take elective courses in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, communicative sciences, sociology, psychology and education. Doctoral students must take a qualifying exam in the first year of study and a comprehensive exam at the end of their course work. A reading knowledge of two foreign languages or mastery of one foreign language, is required. For non-IndoEuropean languages, students may meet the reading knowledge requirement with 6 hours of coursework or one year of study and residence in a foreign country. Doctoral students earn a total of 60 hours (including 18-20 dissertation hours) beyond those required for the MA. 

More Information about PhD Degree Requirements


An Cheng

  • Rhetorical Genre Studies
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)/English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Professional Writing/Rhetorical Theories
  • Language Awareness
  • L2 Learner Characteristics
  • L2 Writing Theories, Practices, and Teacher Development 

Gene Halleck

  • Oral Proficiency Testing
  • ITA Training
  • Aviation English
  • Simulation and Gaming 

Stephanie Link

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Interpretive Argument-based Validation
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Genre Analysis
  • L2 Writing
  • TESL

Carol Moder

  • Applied Linguistics & TESL
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Language Testing

Dennis Preston

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Ethnography
  • Discourse
  • SLA