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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed primarily for preparing teachers who will teach the English Language, as well as those who will use English as a medium of instruction, especially in bilingual or immersion settings. This emphasis focuses on the theoretical foundations of language and language learning and practical methods and techniques of language teaching, as well as providing hands-on experience in teaching English to language learners.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.

  2. Demonstrated English proficiency (see Admissions). All students taking the TESOL emphasis are required to take one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The minimum passing score for the test is higher than for other programs--IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. The limit of attempts in IELTS exam is up to three. The prerequisite should be accomplished before 50% of the coursework is completed.


  1. Adequate undergraduate preparation in education to include a minimum of 8 semester hours of professional education, with at least one class from each of the following four areas:
  2. Philosophy of Adventist Education
    Educational Psychology
    Methods of Teaching
    Testing and Evaluation

    In order to fulfill the prerequisite requirements, these courses must have a minimum grade of B. A student who has not met these requirements may take courses at the graduate level. The credit earned for graduate courses used as prerequisites, however, will not apply toward the MA degree.

  3. At least one (1) year of teaching experience.

  4. At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:
  5. Adventist Beliefs
    Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
    Biblical Studies

    The following courses offered online at the graduate level meet these prerequisites:

    Adventist Beliefs

    THST 616 Doctrine of Christ
    THST 618 Doctrine of Salvation
    THST 631 Distinctive Doctrines of the Adventist Church

    Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy

    CHIS 570 History of the Adventist Church
    THST 610 Revelation, Inspiration, and Prophetic Guidance

    Biblical Studies

    Any OTST or NTST class offered by the Seminary

Degree Requirements

To complete the program and be awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Education, a candidate must meet satisfactorily the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 semester hours of coursework, excluding the culminating phase.
  2. Complete the culminating phase of the degree program.
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

AIIAS is a graduate level institution managed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists based in Maryland, USA

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Lalaan I, Silang, Cavite 4118, Philippines