Jun 27, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.Ed.

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The degree of Master of Education with a concentration in The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a professional degree designed to meet the needs of licensed teaching professionals and other professionals desiring to enhance their knowledge of teaching English Learners with current theory and research as well as classroom application. This course of study is designed to prepare teacher candidates, classroom teachers, and other professionals to help students of all levels to become effective, strategic language learners who can speak, listen, read, and write effectively and purposefully in English. It provides training for classroom teachers, non-profit workers, English language tutors, and district TESOL coaches.

  • Teachers with a valid Ohio teaching license can add this endorsement in order to teach in K-12 schools. In other words, the graduate candidate for the endorsement must have (or be in the process of completing) a valid teaching certificate or license.
  • Professionals without a valid Ohio teaching license can earn a certificate, allowing them to teach in non-school settings and/or tutor.

Accordingly, this degree is awarded to the candidate who has demonstrated a capacity for professional performance by satisfactorily completing the course of study designed to develop the following characteristics:

  1. The ability to articulate and translate the interrelationship of language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to classroom teaching and curriculum development.
  2. The ability to work directly or indirectly with English learners of all ages who could benefit from furthering their English language skills.
  3. The ability to work with teachers, family members, administrators, and other professionals to improve and coordinate the total TESOL program of a school or organization.

This program is also designed to meet the specifications of the TESOL International Organization and State of Ohio course requirements for the TESOL Endorsement. It also meets TESOL licensure requirements in many states.

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Requirements for the M.Ed. in TESOL

The following coursework is required for the Master degree in TESOL and meets the State of Ohio standards for the TESOL Endorsement and the Xavier University TESOL certificate.

3 hours selected as a Graduate Level Elective Course (500-level or higher)


  • Students completing their studies for the M.Ed. in TESOL must pass a comprehensive examination and must be able to write knowledgeably on the following areas of TESOL: phonics and phonemic awareness, the core foundations of second language acquisition, cultural transmissions and legal requirements, cultural competence and teaching strategies, assessments, and language transfer. The M.Ed. candidate may sit for the exam after completing 27 hours. Successful completion of the degree is contingent on passing the exam.

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