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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Educational Specialist Program Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Nova Southeastern University Fischler College of Education prepares educators as experts on issues, trends, and policies of teaching English as a second language. This specialization provides educators with skills for assessment and evaluation, as well as an international scope of English language acquisition. Course content for an Ed.S. in TESOL is research based and infuses best practices in education.


  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a master's degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions 

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 708 Research Design in Education 3
EDU 704 Comparative Studies of Education Systems 3
EDU 714 Families, Schools, and Communities 3
EDU 719 Current Research in Human Development 3
EDU 729 Evaluation & Assessment Practices 3
TSOL 710 Language Learning and Teaching for Multi-lingual Classrooms of the 21st Century 3
TSOL 720 International and National Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Acquisition 3
TSOL 730 International and Comparative Education Issues in Language and Literacy Policy 3
TSOL 740 International Englishes History, Issues, and Teaching Trends 3
TSOL 750 Distance Education Technology for Teaching English as a New Language 3
TSOL 760 Literature Review in TESOL 3
APR 750 Educational Field-Based Project 3


The field-based project is one of many practical applications included in the teaching English to speakers of other languages specialization. This culminating experience is the final step in the completion of the educational specialist program. The purpose of the field-based project is to engage the candidate in a problem-solving experience designed to improve or enhance an educational situation. The process is systematic and involves submission of a formal practicum proposal; active participation, implementation, and/or research; evaluation of the activities; and submission of a final portfolio.

Coursework for an Educational Specialist degree with a specialization in TESOL is available online and at many of NSU’s Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The distance education delivery option allows international students and busy professionals to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location near their homes. The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their educational specialist degrees in TESOL without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework for a specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
  • Successful completion of the field-based project
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for Ed.S. degree 

Students are advised to contact their department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals. It is the responsibility of each student to contact his or her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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