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2018-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Humanities

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English as a Second Language Institute
Campbellsville University, UPO 821, 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, KY 42718
matesol@campbellsville.edu 270-789-5431

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is to prepare students to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in the United States, and also to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in an international setting. This preparation is infused with Christian values and prepares students for teaching English as a missionary or as a Christian teacher in the public school system.

Program Goals

  • To provide an understanding of basic concepts, scope and methodology of the science of language. Candidates will have a sociological, historical and philosophical perspective of the teaching of English as a Second and Foreign Language.
  • To provide quality graduate preparation in the discipline of TESOL, ESL and TESL at elementary, secondary and university levels.
  • To conduct research which will add to the knowledge of current practices and permit educators to make contributions to their businesses, students, schools and communities through continuing emphases on learning and service.

Master of Arts in TESOL Faculty and Staff


Eduardo L. Trindade, Ph.D (ABD).
B.A. in Theology, Seminário Batista do Paraná; M.A.in Hermeneutics, London School of Theology;
M.A. in Linguistics, University of Louisville; PhD (ABD) in Education, Bellarmine University

Andrea Giordano, MA TESOL.
B.A. Educational Ministries, Campbellsville University
M.Ed. TESOL, Shenandoah University

Joshua Detherage, MA TESOL
B.A. English, Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College);
M.A. TESOL and Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College

Robert Parrish, MA TESOL
B.A. Intercultural Studies, Moody Bible Institute;
M.Ed. TESOL, Wheaton College

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements

Students must submit official transcripts of all college work from accredited institutions (both undergraduate and graduate) confirming a minimum overall grade point average of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale.

Students must have an acceptable GRE aptitude score.

Students must have three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.

Students must have an undergraduate major in an English discipline. Students who do not have an undergraduate major in English must make a written request for admission. This request must be approved by the Graduate Council.

Students must submit a sample of their written work.

International students must have their credentials evaluated from a third party source such as World Education Services (www.WES.org).

International students, whose first language is not English, must meet the University’s English proficiency requirements. Minimum TOEFL exam scores of at least 550 paper-based or 79-80 internet-based are acceptable. Minimum IELTS exam score of 6.0 band is acceptable.

Students must have completed 6 hours of a foreign language.

Provisional Admission

Students not meeting all of the above prerequisites may be considered upon the recommendation of the Graduate Council.

Provisional admission students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the first semester of the program.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

For the MA TESOL program, upon approval of the dean, a maximum of four courses representing twelve credit hours of graduate course work may be accepted from another regionally accredited institution. Courses to be transferred in must have been taken within the past five years and only courses in which grades of B or higher were earned will be accepted for transfer. Transfer courses are shown on the transcript as “credit” only and are not counted in computing the cumulative grade point average.

Students seeking to transfer course work must submit a written request along with transcripts, university course catalog descriptions, and other course information such as a syllabus or book list for use in establishing course equivalency.

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