Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs with an emphasis in English as a Second Language

The program offers Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. In addition to taking a core curriculum shared with all students of Curriculum and Instruction, and some required English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, students may choose to take some of their ESL electives from other areas within the department, such as reading and literacy or multicultural education, or from other departments, such as Educational Psychology, Linguistics or Psychology.

We prepare students to work as teacher educators, in K–12 public school settings, to teach adults in community colleges, intensive English programs, community-based settings such as libraries, workplace or corporate settings and of course, those who plan to go abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The Ph.D. degree prepares candidates to conduct research in ESL and take positions as faculty in research-intensive universities.

Note: This is not a teacher certification program


To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the TLAC department and Texas A&M University.

Core Curriculum

Adequate Progress for Ph.D. Students