M.A. On Campus

Teaching English as a Second Language - Applied Linguistics

24 months
28544 USD/year
26776 USD/year
10572 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Teaching English as a Second Language - Applied Linguistics (TESL/Applied Linguistics) at Iowa State University is a two-year advanced degree covering teaching methods and research in English language teaching. 


About this Teaching English as a Second Language - Applied Linguistics Degree

Students at Iowa State University admitted to graduate study can declare up to two of the seven elective disciplinary specializations: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Language Assessment, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Literacy, Literature in ESL, Corpus and Computational Linguistics, and Teaching English to L1 Spanish Learners.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate independence, reflective practices and professionalism in teaching and assessment of English as a second language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and confidence with the use of computer applications relevant to teaching English language teaching.
  • Formulate important research questions to for guiding investigations that contribute to theory and practice in one or more areas of applied linguistics.
  • Carry out research in one area of applied linguistics that will increase understanding of English language teaching.
  • Evaluate research in the field to identify its contribution to theory, research and practice in applied linguistics.
  • Communicate ideas, discoveries, and findings to others in a professional and creative manner.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to create and investigate new knowledge, practices and products for English language teaching

Programme Structure


  • Second Language Assessment
  • Corpus Approaches to Grammatical Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Supervised Practice Teaching in TESL
  • Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English or
  • Research and Teaching of Second Language Pronunciation
  • Teaching Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scanned official academic transcripts and degree statements
  • Nonnative speakers of English must submit an audio or video file demonstrating competence in spoken English
  • Nonnative speakers of English submit English proficiency examination scores (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose and personal goals
  • Writing sample(s)
  • Application for Teaching Assistantship in the Department of English
  • Program-specific requirements and instructions

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14272 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    26776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13388 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10572 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5286 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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