MATESOL Application Checklist

Checklist

For frequently asked questions, please see our MATESOL FAQ page. 

*Effective the Autumn 2021 admissions cycle, GRE General Test scores are no longer required as a part of the application.

The application deadline is January 15. If January 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline is the following Monday.

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For questions about application procedures, please email Wendy Asplin at matesol@uw.edu

Application Materials

Unofficial Transcripts from All Colleges or Universities Attended

One copy of transcripts from each college or university attended, reflecting all graduate and undergraduate coursework is required. This copy will be considered "unofficial," but will suffice for application purposes. If admitted, you will be asked to submit official transcripts (a transcript in a sealed envelope bearing the Registrar's seal) from your degree-granting institution to the University of Washington Graduate School. 

Statement of Purpose (500 - 1,000 words)

The statement of purpose is generally between one and two pages long. It indicates some of the intellectual training and background of prospective students, their fields of interest in future English graduate studies, how the program and faculty at the University of Washington is suited to their needs, and what they would hope to bring to the program. The statement of purpose should include information on relevant experience, familiarity with, a commitment to, and the relation of career goals to the field of TESOL, as well as a candidate's academic potential and teaching ability.

Resume

In formatting a resume, the main concern is that your most relevant qualifications and experience should stand out on a quick perusal. Please be sure to include all teaching and tutoring experiences, indicating the number of teaching hours a week, whether you were the instructor or an assistant in the classroom, and whether the experience was volunteer.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Use the online application to provide contact information for three people who will submit letters of recommendation. The recommendations should include information on relevant experience, familiarity with, a commitment to, and the relation of career goals to the field of TESOL, as well as a candidate's academic potential and teaching ability. 

Proof of English Language Proficiency (Non-native English Speakers Only)

Minimum admission requirements: Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways listed on the Graduate School’s Memo 8

***For applicants using TOEFL as proof of English Language Proficiency: we do not typically admit applicants with a combined TOEFL score below 100. 

Requirements to hold a TA-ship/ASE teaching position: MATESOL students interested in an Academic Student Employee (ASE) position must also demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways listed on the Graduate School’s Memo 15. You must receive a score of at least 26 on the speaking section of TOEFL-iBT or a score of at least 7.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS in order to be eligible to teach.

How to submit official TOEFL scores: Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to order your official TOEFL score report. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Our institution code is: 4854. Department code: 99 (any department).

How to submit official IELTS scoresThe University of Washington only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS testing center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. All IELTS test centers can report scores electronically. You must request from the center where you took the test that your scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system (E-TRF) to the following address: University of Washington All Campuses, Organisation ID 365, Undergrad & Graduate Admis, Box 355850, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States of America. If you have already taken the IELTS, you can go to the IELTS test center location for the email address of the IELTS Administrator to make your request. Allow a minimum of 13 working days for reporting test results to our school. IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

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