Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Foundational Credits

(May be taken concurrently with program courses.)

  Bible/Theology 3
ISAL 520 Introduction to Language & Linguistics 3
ISTE 541 Intercultural Communication for Teachers 3
  Total 9

Core Courses

ISTE 509 Structure of English 3
ISTE 525 Introduction to TESOL - Adult 3
ISTE 527 Materials Evaluation & Preparation 3
ISTE 560 Communicating Values through TESOL 1
ISTE 614 Second Language Acquisition 3
ISTE 692 Practicum in TESOL II 3
ISTE 621 Classroom Research in TESOL 3
ISTE 632 Language Testing & Assessment 3
ISTE 693 Portfolio 1
  Total 23


Students are required to take 3 credits of elective course in Bible or Theology and 6 credits of electives in TESOL. The following is a list of electives that are regularly offered:

Electives in Bible/Theology (Select only one course)

The courses listed here count for either the foundational or program credits.

  Perspectives on the World Christian Movement * 3
TTBE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi ** 3
TTBE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation ** 3
TTBE 732 The Life of Christ & His Teaching Ministry (Fall, Spring) 3

* "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement," taken for credit at the graduate level, counts for either the foundational or program credits. For more information on where and when this class is offered, see

** Please check the class schedule on the Online Learning website.

Electives in TESOL (6 credits)

ISTE 627 Vocabulary Learning & Teaching 1-3
ISTE 635 Technology for Language Learning & Teaching 2-3
ISTE 642 Teaching Second Language Writing 1-3
ISTE 646 Teaching Second Language Reading 1-3
ISTE 665 Course Design in TESOL 2-3
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