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Field and Clinical Experiences


Field Experiences in the M.A. TESOL Program takes the teacher candidate into the Pre-K-12 or adult ESL classroom and school.  It provides early pre-student-teaching exposure to the realities of ESL classroom teaching.  Teacher candidates gain invaluable experience working with students and observing practicing teachers.  Involvement in the classroom may include any of the following:

  • Assisting the classroom teacher with various (non-clerical) classroom tasks
  • Working with small groups within the classroom
  • Assisting individual ESL students who need specialized attention
  • Teaching portions of classes
  • Developing materials for future classes
  • Completing guided observations of practicing teachers


In order to provide teacher candidates with exposure to different adult ESL settings, the TESOL Program has designed an extensive student practicum and student teaching experience that takes place over two semesters, totaling 120 hours of teaching.  Teacher candidates spend 60 hours of teaching in a community-based organization such as Community Outreach Program in English (COPE) that emphasizes adult second language literacy development. Teacher candidates spend the remaining 60 hours of teaching in an academic ESL program, such as an Intensive English Program (IEP) or English for Academic Purposes, that is connected to a college.  In this way, we provide a rich experience of teaching in adult ESL settings where teacher candidates can explore methodologies and techniques in a supportive environment. 

Upon graduation from our program, graduates may apply for a teaching position in our SPELL (Saturday Program in English Language and Literacy) Program, a grant-funded initiative connected to our COPE program.  The SPELL Program is entirely staffed by our M.A. TESOL Program graduates.


The Adult Track student teaching and practicum courses are as follows:

Program 3
EDESL 798 Student Teaching in Academic ESL
EDESL 799 Practicum in Adult ESL
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