Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL): MA and Graduate Diploma

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Why Study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages?

One of the most marketable master’s degrees one can have today is the MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). The MA in TESOL program at the American University in Cairo has a diverse group of students from Egypt, North America, and other countries.

One must not be a linguist to join the program; students come from a variety of backgrounds. It is designed for those with or without previous teaching experience and whose English language proficiency is adequate for graduate work and teaching the language at various levels.

The primary mission of the program is to prepare superior teachers of English as a foreign or second language. It aims to engage students in the most modern theoretical understanding of linguistics and cross-cultural studies in English-teaching environments, develop leadership capabilities, prepare teachers and administrators who are lifelong learners and encourage student participation in inquiry to advance new knowledge in the discipline.

Graduates from AUC's MA in TESOL teach and direct programs in institutions of higher education and English language programs in Egypt, the Arab world, the United States and many other countries; pursue doctoral studies in top Egyptian, American and British universities; are experts and leaders in regional and Western institutions; serve as faculty members and chairs of programs; are prominent authors in TESOL and applied linguistics; and hold key positions in important international organizations and specialized centers such as the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, AMIDEAST in Cairo and TESOL International.

  • We have two tracks within the MATESOL program as described below.

    Thesis Track

    The thesis as a requirement for graduation is optional. The student who chooses to write a thesis must produce a professional paper on some aspect of TESOL/applied linguistics. The thesis must be prepared under the guidance and close supervision of a faculty adviser and a designated committee, and must be defended to the satisfaction of the department.

    Comprehensive Examination Track

    The Comprehensive Examination consists of a written essay examination followed by an oral examination several days later. Students who opt not to write a thesis are required to take the comprehensive examination. It may not be taken more than twice.

  • The diploma program is designed for qualified teachers of English who meet the same admission requirements as those for the Master of Arts degree. A diploma requires completion of a total of six courses and full-time students can finish it in one year.

  • A limited number of teaching fellowships for the MATESOL program are being offered for each academic year.

    • The fellowship provides a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend
    • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall ranking of gayyed giddan (very good) or a GPA of 3.2
    • Previous teaching experience is desirable. All applicants, except native speakers of English, must submit a valid TOEFL (with TWE) or IELTS results
    • The minimum total and writing scores must be not less than 100 and 27 in TOEFL and not less than 7.5 in IELTS (overall and writing)
    • The deadline for completing applications is January 15 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester

    Before applying to the fellowship you have to fill out an online application form to apply at AUC to obtain a student ID. You will not be able to submit a fellowship application unless you have received a valid AUC ID number.

    To learn more about TESOL Fellowship, click here

  • The TESOL program has also a limited number of university fellowships that are offered with the following criteria:

    • Full admission to one of the graduate programs at AUC
    • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
    • Students already enrolled in one of the graduate programs and have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in their graduate courses
    • To retain the fellowship, the recipient must carry a full course load (nine graduate credits) and maintain a GPA of 3.2 or better
    • The award covers Full or partial tuition fees coverage and a monthly stipend
    • In support of their professional training, fellows are assigned 10 to 12 hours per week of work with faculty members in teaching and research activities
  • Check the detailed information on how to apply at AUC and admission requirements, click here

    If you have questions about fees, click here

    For any further questions related to fees, send an email

    Nonnative applicants must obtain the required score on the International TOEFL or iBT or IELTS examinations.



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