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Customize your online TESOL master’s degree based on your interests and career goals.

Connect with Your Advisor

Your personal enrollment advisor is ready to help you navigate the application process, understand admission requirements, customize your program (see options below) to meet your career goals, explore options for financing your education, and connect with current students, alumni, career advisors, and faculty. Connect with your enrollment advisor.

Advanced Entry

We offer a 30–35 credit program to students who have completed previous TESOL and/or linguistics coursework that is the equivalent of our required courses. Students work with faculty and their academic advisor to design their program based on previous coursework. 

Please indicate that you would like to be considered for Advanced Entry on your online application.

Gain Professional Experience

There are many opportunities for you to gain valuable professional experience while you earn your degree.

Work for a Language Program

You can work for one of several Middlebury Institute language programs:

Teach a Language Course for B.U.I.L.D.

Founded by students in 2009, B.U.I.L.D. (Build yoUrself in Language Development) offers free beginning-level classes in many different languages. This student-run activity will help you develop teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.

Run a Language Conference

The Symposium on World Languages Education (SOWLE) is our annual student-run conference and includes presentations that will interest teachers of many languages. If you join the student committee, you will gain experience in running a professional conference.


While attending the online TESOL 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. It is up to you to determine whether Vermont’s teaching license is reciprocal with the state where you wish to teach.

The peer review process can extend for several months beyond completing the online TESOL program so you may not have your teaching license at graduation.

Recommended Licensure Progress Timeline

  • Summer 1
  • Fall 1 to Fall 2
    • Apply for Immersive Professional Learning (IPL) funding from the Institute to help defray expenses associated with the licensure process.
    • Take Praxis II test for teaching English Language Learners (ELL).
    • Apply for remote licensure with Vermont Board of Education.
    • Participate in the Vermont Board of Education’s Peer Review Clinic.
  • Spring 2
    • Complete a 13-week student teaching placement at the K-12 level (this is integrated into your Practicum Capstone course).
    • Create a portfolio documenting teaching proficiency (this is started during your Practicum Capstone course).
  • After completing the online TESOL program
    • Submit your online portfolio within one year of applying for remote licensure.


You will gain professional experience before you graduate, which you can use to advance your career. Our graduates often find employment quickly after graduation—many even have jobs lined up before.

Discourse and Repartée

Discourse and Repartee March 2021
The 2021 edition of the Discourse and Repartée, the annual newsletter for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) degrees.

Learn more about TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language students and faculty in our annual newsletter Discourse and Repartée. In the 2021 edition, you will find a wide range of stories including the following:

  • Forging a virtual community
  • Organizing a successful online symposium
  • Publishing and presenting on themes of language and racism, disability, and social justice
  • Online language teaching
  • Serving the most vulnerable populations
  • and more!

Read the 2021 edition of Discourse and Repartée.


We have designed this program to allow you to continue working as you earn your online master’s. The degree is part-time and fully asynchronous so you can engage each lesson on your own schedule. We also encourage you to contact your Human Resources department to take advantage of tuition benefits available to you from your employer or from your state. 

Scholarships and financial aid are available and the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to receive scholarship support. Your personal enrollment advisor can help you plan this important investment in your career.

The per credit rate for the online TESOL degree is $1,600 for the 2022–23 academic year. The program is 40 credits.