Masters Program

Program Description

This program is a course-based Master's program that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Purpose

The purpose of the program is to provide ESL instructors with the appropriate theoretical background and practical experience to teach English in Canada and overseas.

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the MEd in TESL are a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognized institution, with a minimum GPA of B over the most recent 60 credits of course work. Persons whose first language is not English must provide proof of proficiency by receiving a satisfactory score on one of our approved examination tests. 

Students entering the MEd program must have one of the following English language scores:

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 94 with a minimum of 22 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 24 in Writing; 
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill area;
  • Duolingo total score of at least 120 with minimum of 95 in each band;
  • CAEL overall 70 with a minimum of 60; or
  • PTE total score of 64 with a minimum of band score of 61

Applicants should have a minimum of 75 hours of experience (volunteer or paid) teaching ESL. An applicant's overall grade point average (GPA) in the area of interest, letters of reference, ESL/EFL classroom teaching experience, letter of intent, and areas of academic interest are all taken into account during the selection process for all graduate programs.

Upon examination of applicants’ previous coursework, additional courses for important enrichment may be recommended (e.g., LING 101. EDPY 416, 417, and/or 418). Additional fees will be assessed for these courses. When registering for these courses, students must request a message from their Advisor/Supervisor that confirms they have completed the prerequisites (or equivalents) for the class(es) they are requesting to be enrolled in and send their request to register to edreg.undergrad@ualberta.ca. Once they're registered, students must complete a Course Extra to Degree form – see https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/about/graduate-program-manual/section-6-program-planning-and-registration/6-23-courses-extra-to-the-degree.html. Then the completed Course Extra to Degree form must be signed by the student's advisor, forwarded to edpygrrg@ualberta.ca and signed by a faculty representative, who will submit the form to the FGSR for approval.



Program Requirements

The following are the course requirements, effective immediately, for students in the TESL Master's program.

Required Courses

  • EDPY 500 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research (or equivalent) *3 OR EDPY 503 Qualitative Methods of Education Research (or equivalent) *3
  • EDPY 501 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3
  • Five - 500 level TESL courses (or approved substitutions) *15
  • EDPY 575 TESL Supervised Practicum *3
  • EDPY 903 Capping Project in TESL *3

Total 27 Credits