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The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) share courses and faculty, providing an added benefit of on-site collaboration across languages.

Our three-semester, 40-credit TESOL curriculum and our three-semester, 42-credit TFL curriculum provide solid foundations in the fields of language teaching pedagogy, how languages are learned, and how languages work. These programs equip language teachers with the skills and expertise to facilitate language learning in the U.S. and abroad.

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 both degrees in a fourth semester. See the curriculum for more details.

Language of Study (TFL)

The Institute provides professional preparation for all 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, Summer Intensive Language Programs, Custom Language Services, and graduate writing center. Other opportunities include the following:


Founded by students in 2009, BUILD offers free beginning-level classes in any language. The program 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.


As one of only two master’s programs in the U.S. that partner with WorldTeach, the Institute gives students the chance to put their studies into practice by teaching abroad for a semester, summer, January term, or year—and we offer a 50 percent reduction in tuition scholarship when they return.

Options for Peace Corps Service

Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.

Careers and Internships

Students also gain professional experience through internships. Our program will give you the skills and expertise to set yourself apart as your language education career begins. Our alumni are teachers, program directors, curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and teacher educators in the U.S. and around the world. They work at adult education centers, universities, community colleges, K–12 schools, and other language education programs. Many of our alumni have also gone on to PhD programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.

Tuition and Fees

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per-year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) students joining our community in 2018.

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

Visit our Admissions site for additional information about tuition and fees. We strongly encourage you to also contact your enrollment advisor to discuss costs as some TESOL and TFL students pay less than the full-time tuition in their final semester due to their overall course load.