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Prepare for your leadership career in language education with a master’s degree from one of the world’s leading programs.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Language Education

The TESOL and TFL MA programs prepare language educators for teaching English as a second language and teaching foreign languages. The curriculum that we offer our students is one that integrates theory and practice and research. And so, all of our courses address all three.

Creating an environment where the students are all on the same page and providing more for visual learners.

We’re teaching for the student who’s having the hardest time. Right, so if you. >> I wanted to pair linguistics with teaching and MIIS really did a good balance these two things. It’s not just teaching and it’s not just linguistics, it has this balance of theory and practice.

We give our students lots of opportunities to do real life projects out in the community that are the same kinds of work they’ll be doing once they graduate.

We have an on-campus student organization called BUILD, which allows students to take lower level language classes that are taught by volunteer student teachers here at MIIS. So a lot of the student teachers are people in my program in Teaching a Foreign Language, or Teaching English as a Second Language. I was able to apply what I’ve learned in my classes, and experiment with different methods and trial and use things when I teach BUILD.

I currently work, down in Custom Language Services, which has this English For Diplomats program and so, lot’s of different things I’m learning in the classroom I can take and try on and see if it works. I didn’t have a lot of teaching experience, and through the program I able to problematize a lot of different things that you go into the classroom with.

And then actually go into a classroom and try to teach these things.

Our students work with real clients out there who need help in developing curriculum for their programs. We’ve had ongoing groups of students go every year to work with a group of Haitian teachers of English, where they’re working with them on developing not only their English language skills, but their pedagogical skills for teaching English in Haiti. There’s a real commitment to quality teaching, and, as faculty members, we get to put that into practice every single day and be mentors for our students.

Giving the students a chance, more than one student a chance, to give definitions, I think would be a good idea.

So the professors in the TESOL program are, their door is always open. Whether they are in office hours or not, they welcome you to come in, and they encourage you to come in, even if it’s not for their class. They can help you with your linguistics, they can help you with your teaching, your grammar, whatever class you’re in, they can try to offer help or they can send you in the right direction.

It’s always exciting to see what our students do when they finish their MA degrees, when they go out into the field. We have students who have done really critically important works. We have students who are contributing to curriculum development and really expanding the notion of language teaching across many different settings. They go on to do a lot of different things and very exciting things.

I recently got a job offer teaching Chinese at a high school level in Austin, Texas. I’ll be using everything I’ve learned in my degree program, and I just feel like right now I’m so much more prepared in terms of my academic training and also pedagogical training.

You’ve got lots of different resources around to help you. You’ve got alumni that, as you step on the campus, are ready to help you even though they don’t know you. You’ve got on-campus help with advising, teachers, faculty. And then you have a whole support of your colleagues. These networks of people that are here to help you. So, I think, you step on to a campus where it’s just a built-in community right from the start.

Our TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) degrees are career-focused master’s, taught on our Monterey campus with a one-year hybrid option. Our graduates are in high demand from schools and universities around the world. You’ll be prepared not only to teach but to train other language teachers, conduct research, develop curricula, manage language programs, and lead in the various fields of language education.

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Our rigorous curriculum, taught by renowned language education experts, will deliver a balance of pedagogy, theory, research, and assessment—all of which will expand your career opportunities. Several course projects will get you into the field to put what you’ve learned into practice in a professional setting.

With language learning technology integrated throughout our courses, you’ll explore today’s innovative tools and help develop tomorrow’s.

Earn the 40-credit TESOL or the 42-credit TFL in three semesters or in just one year with our one-year hybrid option. You are able to add a career-oriented specialization in a fourth semester.

If you have previous TFL, TESOL, and/or linguistics course work, you may benefit from our advanced entry option.

See curriculum for more details.

Customize Your Degree

What is the difference between TESOL and TFL?

These two degree programs are designed to share faculty and courses, and students take the majority of their classes together so you’ll benefit from collaboration across languages and cultures.

One-Year Hybrid Option

You may be able to complete your final two courses (Applied Linguistics Capstone and the Practicum Capstone) online during the summer after your second semester, thus completing the program in just one year (fall, spring, then summer).

Not only will you be able to graduate faster, but the online option means that you will be able to move to your preferred location before you graduate and practice teaching in a context that closely aligns with your career goals.

The Teaching Foreign Language one-year hybrid option is only available if you are an advanced entry student, meaning you have transferable graduate credits from another university or if you have taken 400-level language courses at Middlebury College.


While attending our TESOL or TFL program, you can work toward licensure through the State of Vermont’s peer review process. Students who are interested in teaching in K–12 public schools, some private schools, some international schools, and some adult schools will likely want to be licensed. Learn more about the licensure process.


You are able to add a career-oriented specialization in Language Program Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (for TFL students), Teaching Foreign Language (for TESOL students), International Education Management, and Intercultural Competence in a fourth semester.

Research and Practice

Both TESOL and TFL students have multiple and varied opportunities to put theory into practice through internships and professional experiences. You may copublish with faculty, work in our language programs, help plan our annual language conference, integrate Peace Corps service into your degree, and more. Learn more about experiential learning opportunities.

A Degree Worth Investing In

Earn your TESOL or TFL master’s at the Institute and you’ll graduate with the capacity to take on many leadership roles in language education. Join the ranks of our successful, in-demand TESOL and TFL alumni, who were recruited by employers before they even completed the program.

You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships, depending on your financial situation and the strength of your application.

Learn more about our generous scholarships, grants, and other aid.

Professors and Practitioners

You will be taught by exceptional faculty with years of professional experience in organizations such as the TESOL International Association, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).

Your professors are genuinely committed to your success and dedicated to modeling effective pedagogy in their own teaching. They will be active mentors and colleagues to you while you are a student and throughout your career. Meet your faculty.

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Our graduates find rewarding careers as teachers, program directors, curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and teacher educators in the U.S. and around the world.

Career Outcomes

Working or continuing education within one year of graduation
Secured internships in 2019
Different employers of recent graduates

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