TESOL - M.A vs MEd

by Shyam KisHore.P
(Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India)

Dear Sir,

I would like to pursue TESOL and my question is : Should MEd Tesol BE pursued only after MA TESOL or they are separate courses?

Can you also suggest standard universities in U.S and U.K that provides MA-TESOL for international students.

Your guidance in this regard will be highly adored.

Warm Regards,
Shyam Kishore.P

Hello Shyam,

I've recently answered a number of questions on taking an MA TESOL {and I will merge this page with the other questions on MA TESOL in a few weeks}.

An MA TESOL is the same as an MEd TESOL, is the same as an MA TEFL, but is a bit different from an MA Applied Linguistics.

I took the MEd TESOL at Exeter University in the UK, because I liked the course. My degree has the same value as an MA TESOL.

MEd degrees are often in schools of education, and will usually be more focussed on education. The MA TESOL may have a few more modules that could be termed applied linguistics.

The most important thing is to examine the content of the modules closely. An MA TESOL at one university will not be exactly the same as an MA TESOL at another university. Do your own research, and choose the course that appeals to you the most. Does the master's course cover areas in which you are interested? Do you want to specialize in teaching young learners? Are you especially interested in second language acquisition? Or are you more interested in blended learning?

This is important for your future career (although not that important), it's also important to choose a course you will enjoy, as you will have a lot of reading to do.

See my article on MA TESOL for more information on the type of content typical in different types of masters courses.

As far as recommendations go - I'm not sure how much it would help you to give a list of universities. If you do internet searches for 'ma tesol courses' then another for 'ma tefl courses' and finally one for 'med tesol courses' you should be able to find many lists of universities offering degree programs.

Expect to spend some time researching the universities. Most now have downloadable prospectuses, which are worth studying.

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