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The online MA in TESOL is a two-year, fully online, part-time, asynchronous, 30-credit program that prepares you to be a leader in language education and teaching English.

Start Date Credits Practicum Program Chair
May, Sep, Jan 30 Required Jason Martel

Asynchronous Courses

All courses in the online TESOL program are asynchronous (no required live class meetings) so you can schedule your weekly coursework around your other personal and professional responsibilities. Your time zone will not affect your ability to complete your coursework so you can study from any location in the world with appropriate technology and internet access.

Courses include various activities, including socially annotated readings, recorded lectures, discussion boards, individual assignments, and peer reviews. Although all coursework is asynchronous, there are many meaningful opportunities for interaction with your professors and classmates.

You can continue working while you earn your online TESOL master’s degree.


You will develop the following competencies through your coursework:

  • Inclusive learning environments: collaboratively create supportive learning environments considering relevant contextual factors and students’ diverse backgrounds, aspirations, and challenges.
  • Language and language learning in context: curate language learning experiences based on a range of theoretical, empirical, and conceptual understandings of second language acquisition and socialization.
  • Evidence-based instructional design and practice: plan and enact language learning experiences using strategies and tools appropriate for specific instructional contexts.
  • Digital technologies: integrate appropriate technological tools for multimodal learning based on a critical evaluation of a tool’s affordances and student needs. 
  • Critical assessment and evaluation: design valid and reliable language assessments while identifying and challenging systemic biases and inequities.
  • Dedicated professionalism: cultivate professional identities associated with lifelong learning, leadership, and advocacy for learners and language-related matters. 
  • Critical intercultural communication (CIC): mobilize CIC knowledge, skills, and dispositions across diverse cultural, societal, and institutional contexts relevant to students’ language learning experiences.    

Core Coursework

The curriculum has eight core courses

  • Language Systems
  • Language in Society
  • Teaching and Learning Additional Languages
  • Multimodal Curriculum Design
  • Core Instructional Strategies
  • Classroom Research and Assessment
  • Inclusive and Intercultural Teaching Practices
  • Social Change and Advocacy


There are two practicum capstone courses. You will need to successfully complete the eight core courses before taking the two practicum capstone courses.

Sample Course Schedule

Summer Start, Part-Time, 20 Months

Fall and spring starts are also available.

Term Course Credits
Summer 1 (A) Language Systems 3
Summer 1 (B) Inclusive and Intercultural Teaching Practices 3
Fall 1 (A) Multimodal Curriculum Design 3
Fall 1 (B) Classroom Research and Assessment 3
Spring 1 (A) Core Instructional Strategies 3
Spring 1 (B) Teaching and Learning Additional Languages 3
Summer 2 (A) Language in Society 3
Summer 2 (B) Social Change and Advocacy 3
Fall 2 (A) Practicum A: Your Teaching Identity 3
Fall 2 (B) Practicum B: Your Classroom Practices 3
TOTAL   30