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Successful completion of the program will prepare candidates to take the Praxis II in English as a Second Language and/or expand their current knowledge of the field at the graduate level. The target audiences are certified teachers who wish to add a graduate level TESL certification to their current licensure area and current TESL teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of and expertise in the field of TESL.

Specialization Objectives

Upon completion of the graduate Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from University of North Carolina Wilmington, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of TESL.
  • Demonstrate well‐articulated knowledge of K‐12 communities and issues affecting the English language learner population.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with colleagues, administrators, and families.
  • Design, implement, and assess effective instruction.
  • Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students.
  • Demonstrate effective knowledge of state and federal policies and regulations with regard to the ESL population.
  • Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of English language learners.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to ESL
  • Linguistics for Teachers
  • Second Language Acquisition Research & Theory
  • Pedagogical Grammar for Teachers
  • Methods for Second Language Learners
  • English as a Second Language Assessment

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, completed before graduate study begins.
  • Official copies of transcripts of college work (graduate and undergraduate). An undergraduate grade average of “B” (GPA=3.0) or better is recommended.
  • Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
  • A letter of interest describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with English language learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18548 USD/year
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  • National

    4720 USD/year
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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