Master of Arts in TESOL

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages provides students a strong foundation in language acquisition, use, and pedagogy. Students take courses in Applied Linguistics, Grammar, Assessment, Second Language Acquisition, and Methods of TESOL. Our courses are designed to prepare students to immediately step into the world of teaching ESOL here in the United States or abroad.

TESOL is an exciting field with many possibilities for work overseas, in community colleges, Intensive English Programs, private language schools and public schools. We strive to offer our students a strong foundation in theory with numerous opportunities for work in the field. We have local and international practicum experiences in Spain, Taiwan, and Central America.

Because UCF offers a Ph.D. in Education with a specialty in TESOL in collaboration with the College of Education, students can begin their TESOL career at the undergraduate level and continue to a terminal degree at the doctoral level, all here at UCF. We also offer an undergraduate TEFL Certificate, a graduate TEFL Certificate, and the Florida ESOL Endorsement.

Our professors have diverse research interests and thrive on working with students to develop their professionalism in the field. Current research trends in the department include vocabulary, assessment, community engagement, Russian ESOL, and sociolinguistics.

Please contact any of our faculty for more information on their research areas. For more information about admissions and program requirements and university graduate policies, consult the UCF Graduate Catalog. If you have more questions, please contact Kerry Purmensky or the Administrative Services Coordinator.

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Nicole Hammond Carrasquel
Marcella A. Farina

Research Interests: My primary research interests are phonological acquisition and pronunciation teaching & learning. I am also interested in language proficiency testing & instruction and online language teaching & learning.

Keith S. Folse

Research Interests:
Second language vocabulary acquisition; ESL grammar; teacher training; best teaching practices.

Nirmal Ghimire
Alla Kourova

Research Interests: Cross-Cultural Projects in Foreign Language Teaching; The Impact of Cultural Awareness on the Acquisition of the Russian/English Language, Culture in Foreign Language Teaching; The Role of Intercultural Competence in Foreign Language Teaching

Florin Mihai

Research Interests: Language and Content-Area Assessment for English Language Learners, Pre- and In-service Teacher Education, Curriculum Development in Global Contexts, Grammar Instruction.

Anne Prucha
Kerry Purmensky

Research Interests: CALL, Service Learning, P-12 ESOL, Grammar and Critical Pedagogy.

  • Aimee Schoonmaker
  • Visiting Lecturer of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages M.A. Program
Gergana Vitanova

Research Interests: Identity, agency, and socio-cultural approaches to second language acquisition, with a special focus on Bakhtin's notion of dialogue; narrative as a method of research and qualitative data in applied linguistics; English as an international language.

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