The teaching of language is an essential skill in a world that is becoming increasingly connected. Our internationally recognized programs prepare you for leadership careers in foreign language education and ESL teaching.
The two degree programs are intentionally designed to share faculty and courses, so TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) students take a majority of their classes together and benefit directly from collaboration across languages. TESOL is a three-semester, 40-credit program, and TFL is a three-semester, 42-credit program
The final two courses of the TESOL and TFL* master’s programs are the Applied Linguistics Capstone and the Practicum Capstone. If you have teaching experience, you may be able to complete these final two courses online during the summer after your second semester, thus completing the program in just a 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 (a major requirement of the Practicum Capstone) in a context that closely aligns with your career goals.
*If you are interested in the MA in Teaching Foreign Language please note that this one-year hybrid option is only available for advanced entry students or if you have transferable graduate credits from another university or if you have taken 400-level language courses at Middlebury College before coming to the Institute.
Guaranteed $15K Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $15,000 per year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all TESOL and TFL students who request scholarship consideration in their online application. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.
If you qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships, please visit our tuition page for details on how your scholarship will be awarded.
Career-Oriented Course Work
Our curriculum provides solid foundations in language teaching pedagogy, theory, research, and assessment—all of which will help you expand your career opportunities.
Our graduates are prepared for rewarding leadership positions in the various fields of language education. The Institute offers an advanced entry option for students who have previous TFL, TESOL, and/or linguistics course work. Career-oriented specializations in Language Program Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching Foreign Language (TFL), International Education Management, and Intercultural Competence can be added to either degree in a fourth semester.
See the curriculum for more details.
Faculty: Professors and Practitioners
Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience in organizations such as the TESOL International Association, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education. They are dedicated to modeling effective pedagogy in their own teaching and actively engaged as academic and professional mentors to students and alumni. Meet our faculty.
Language of Study (TFL)
The Institute provides professional preparation for many TFL languages, most commonly Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. We also partner with the Middlebury Language Schools to offer two degrees: an MA in Chinese with a focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and an MA in Arabic with a focus on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Both TESOL and TFL students have multiple and varied opportunities to put theory into practice through internships and professional experiences. Some are right here on campus, in our ESL program, Summer Intensive Language Programs, Custom Language Services, and the Graduate Writing Center. Other opportunities include the following:
Founded by students in 2009, B.U.I.L.D. offers free beginning-level classes in any language. This student-run activity helps TESOL and TFL students hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.
The Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Students can teach ESL classes as well as participate in ESL program administration, curriculum development, and student assessment.
Foreign Language Education Symposium (FLEDS)
This annual student-run conference features presentations of interest to teachers of many languages. Student committee members gain experience in running a professional conference.
Options for Peace Corps Service
Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.