Program Overview

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) – TESOL
Department Chair Name
Nelly Hecker

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 culturally diverse students who speak limited or no English.

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/ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) 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.

  • 10.2%
    Population of English language learners in public schools in 2018
  • 5 million
    Number of English language 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-plus
    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

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Pair theory with practice under the expert guidance of faculty who have worked in and led schools at all levels. Furman’s education faculty represent decades of study and practical expertise. Learn more about graduate studies in education and how to apply.

Bobbi Siefert

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