Foreign Language & ESL Education

The University of Iowa

M.A. On Campus
12 months
30838 USD/year
32424 USD/year
13476 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA, MAT and PhD in Teaching and Learning with a focus in Foreign Language & ESL Education are awarded by the Graduate College. The MA and MATare non-thesis degrees offered by The University of Iowa.


The Master of Arts in teaching and learning with a foreign language and English as a Second Language (ESL) education subprogram requires a minimum of 33-36 s.h. of graduate credit. Students take at least 15 s.h. in second language education course work, 9 s.h. in graduate language or linguistics, and 9 s.h. in the cognate area. They must earn 9 s.h. in courses numbered 5000 or above. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 while enrolled in the program. Candidacy for the master's degree is reevaluated annually.

The master program in Foreign Language & ESL Education offered by The University of Iowa is designed for students who would like to pursue a foreign language and ESL education specialization in teaching (kindergarten through college) or in related fields (e.g., language laboratory directors, instructional materials designers, or evaluation specialists). It also offers enrichment in foreign language pedagogical knowledge for practicing teachers. Students may design programs with a special focus.

Financial Support 

  • A limited number of teaching assistantships are available for graduate students. Assignments vary. Some involve supervising undergraduate majors enrolled in practicums; some involve teaching sections of undergraduate methods courses and supervising student teachers; others consist primarily of research activities. Graduate assistants may register for a maximum of 12 s.h. of credit per semester, but they must register for at least 6 s.h. per semester.
  • All assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must have been admitted to regular status in the Graduate College and to an advanced program in the College of Education. For information about assistantships, consult the College of Education advisor in the appropriate field.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Fundamentals of Second Language Assessment
  • Second Language Classroom Learning
  • Principles of Course Design for Second Language Instruction
  • Second Language Program Management
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Cultural Curriculum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • A statement of purpose explaining your graduate study and professional goals (MA applicants only)
  • A Teacher Education Program Application (MAT/Certificate applicants only)
  • All materials must be submitted in English
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service 
  • International students must send their official TOEFL scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30838 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    32424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32424 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    13476 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13476 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Foreign Language & ESL Education
The University of Iowa


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