Teaching English for Specific Purposes M.S.

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Our Teaching English for Specific Purposes M.S. program will help you strengthen your teaching abilities to work with English learners in community, business, and overseas settings. This degree will not certify you to teach in the K-12 public schools. You can complete this degree on campus or online.

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Degree Overview

This program is designed for students who are seeking opportunities to work in community settings, university Intensive English Programs, international English schools, and other contexts, such as businesses, industry, travel, or diplomacy. The electives will allow you to specialize in teaching English in a particular content area, such as Business English, English for Science and Technology, or ESL Literacy.

Coursework – 30 hours minimum

  • Teaching field courses – 15 hours
  • Content area electives – 15 hours (selected in consultation with your major professor)

Required Courses

  • CTSE 7000/7006 Orientation to Teaching and Learning
  • CTSE 7800/7486 Capstone in Teaching and Learning
    • Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
      • EDMD 7000/7006 Instructional Design and Development OR
      • CTES 7460/7476 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in P-12
  • Advisor-Approved CTES Courses: (9 hours)
  • Advisor-Approved Electives: (15 hours)


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Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for Summer Semester admission
  • June 15 for Fall Semester admission
  • October 15 for Spring Semester admission

Application Instructions


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Cost & Financial Support


  • Auburn’s Student Financial Services provides up-to-date cost information
  • Tuition and Fees Chart

Financial Support

  • There are grants and fellowships available to graduate students
  • Auburn University’s Financial Aid Office also helps students find support


  • A limited number of assistantships for on-campus students may be available. Contact the program coordinator for more information.
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