Program Overview

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) – TESOL
Department Chair Name
George Lipscomb
Program Coordinator
Bobbi Siefert

What is an M.A.Ed. in TESOL?

An M.A.Ed. in TESOL is a master’s-level degree for teachers who are passionate about working with multilingual learners.

Why pursue an M.A.Ed. in TESOL at Furman?

One of the nation’s most urgent educational challenges is how to address the growing population of English language learners in our K-12 schools. Furman’s TESOL program offers research-based strategies that help teachers make modifications in instruction while promoting an inclusive environment for learners. Furman offers a curriculum that allows you to secure your M.A.Ed. without interrupting your current teaching career. Backed by more than 100 years of experience, Furman’s Department of Education, which established South Carolina’s first teacher residency program, is nationally recognized. Partner with some of the most respected professors and practitioners in education. Learn more about graduate studies in education and how to apply.

How will you learn?

Our instructors bring a wealth of TESOL/Multilingual Learner (ML) experience to teach you the pedagogical approaches for interactive, dialogical learning with relevant, scenario-based examples. Furman’s seasoned practitioners create space for you to work individually and with other educators to explore, examine and critically analyze the intersection of language development and content area learning with language-minority students. Using action research, community fieldwork and project-based presentations, your instructors promote deep learning and foster strategic thinking, which can be applied within your own classroom.

M.A.Ed. in TESOL courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

  • 10.2%
    Population of multilingual learners in public schools in 2018
  • 5MM
    Number of multilingual learners in public schools in 2018
  • 22.5%
    School children who didn’t speak any English at home in the U.S. (based on 2018 data)
  • 100+
    Years the Furman Department of Education has prepared teachers

What our students say

“The M.A.Ed. – TESOL program at Furman thoroughly prepared me to embark upon a career as an ESOL teacher for grades K-12. Not only did my instructors instill the best pedagogical practices, but they also prepared me to effectively teach students with diverse backgrounds. My experience at Furman provided the confidence needed to face the challenges of a constantly evolving educational system.”
– Jena Ford M’16, ESOL teacher, James F. Byrnes High School, Spartanburg District 5

Our faculty

Bobbi Siefert

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., TESOL Program; Literacy Education
purple arrow

Education Master of Arts – TESOL F.A.Q.