WCU Graduate School

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at WCU

TESOL Faculty

"If I could describe the WCU TESOL program in one word, it would be 'professional.' The classes are extremely informative and applicable to our field. The professors go above and beyond the minimal to make sure each student is supported and is growing, and that support continues after graduation. For anyone who wants to enter a challenging, but rewarding, program, I highly recommend WCU."

- Eric Abernathy, MAED TESOL alumnus

How to Apply to the TESOL Program

As a result of Western Carolina University's program prioritization process, the M.A., M.A.T. and the M.A.Ed. in TESOL have been scheduled for discontinuation. If you have general concerns and questions, information can be found on the Program Prioritization webpage at or you can also contact the program director or the English Department at 828-227-7264.

  1. Contact Eleanor Petrone for information about which program is best suited to your needs.
  2. Visit the online graduate admissions page to apply.
  3. Submit (online) the following documents:
    a. GRE scores: both Verbal and Math, a minimum of 500 on each
    b. 3 letters of recommendation
    c. Writing sample: a cover letter outlining in detail why you are interested in this field, and this program in particular.
    d. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions

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