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Advance your career as a leader in language education with our flexible, online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Our online Master of Arts in TESOL is specifically designed for working professionals. You’ll be prepared to design curriculum and deliver instruction in various multimodal contexts, with a focus on inclusivity and social change.

Start Term Credits Tuition Duration Online
Summer, Fall, or Spring 30 $850/credit Less than 2 years (20 months) Asynchronous

Find out if Online TESOL is right for you

Interactive Online Learning

Our interactive approach to online learning provides a high level of engagement with your faculty, career advisor, classmates, and alumni. You will join a supportive community and build a vast professional network while taking advantage of our flexible course scheduling.

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Advance Your Career

Your career and academic advising are coordinated, ensuring you align your coursework with your career goals. Your advisors will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating your employment offers. You will also have additional career resources available to you through our Center for Advising and Career Services.

You’ll graduate with the capacity to take on many leadership roles in language education. Join the ranks of our successful, in-demand TESOL alumni, many of whom were recruited by employers before they even completed the program.


The 10 courses (30 credits) in this program are all asynchronous (no required live class meetings), so you can continue working as you earn your degree. 


  • Inclusive learning environments
  • Language and language learning in context
  • Evidence-based instructional design and practice
  • Digital technologies
  • Critical assessment and evaluation
  • Dedicated professionalism
  • Critical intercultural communication (CIC)

See the curriculum for more details.

30 Credits
20 -month, part-time program
$26K Total Tuition Cost


While attending the online TESOL program, you can work toward licensure through the State of Vermont’s peer review process. Students interested in teaching in K–12 public schools, some private schools, some international schools, and some adult schools will likely want to be licensed. Students determine whether Vermont’s teaching license is reciprocal with the state where they 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

  • At the beginning of your program
  • During the middle of your program
    • 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.
  • At the end of your program
    • 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.

Faculty: 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), and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for all of our online programs is $850/credit.

  • Tuition rates are subject to change each year.
  • The online TESOL degree is 30 credits so your total tuition cost for this master’s program will be approximately $25,500.

We have designed this program to allow you to continue working as you earn your online master’s. The degree is part-time and asynchronous, so you can engage each module on your schedule. You can also take advantage of education loans and employer tuition benefits.

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How to Apply

We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without teaching experience, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain professional teaching experience before you graduate.

Admission requirements for our online TESOL program are the same as the in-person TESOL program. 

We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions. Learn how to apply.

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