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 not only to teach but to train other language teachers, conduct research, develop curricula, manage language programs, and lead in the various fields of language education.
The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same in any format of either program so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.
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.
One Year After Graduation
Our rigorous curriculum is taught by renowned language education experts. It balances coursework in the domains of language, pedagogy, and research, with the goal of expanding your career opportunities. You will learn to effectively teach English to in-person and online students.
You will develop teaching practices that enhance your students’ language learning, create instructional units and lessons that maximize your effectiveness in the classroom, and design research studies and assessment tools to highlight the most relevant opportunities for improvement. Your capstone courses will strengthen your expertise, integrating all of the learning from your program.
Courses include a variety of activities, including socially annotated readings, recorded lectures, discussion boards, individual assignments, and peer reviews. Although all coursework is asynchronous, there are meaningful opportunities for interaction with the professor and classmates.
See the curriculum for more details including the program learning goals.
2 -year, part-time program
$15K GUARANTEED ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Customize Your Degree
You will have numerous opportunities to customize your degree and put theory into practice. For example, you may co-publish with faculty, work in our language programs, help plan our annual language conference, and work toward earning your teaching licensure. If you have previous TESOL and/or linguistics coursework, you may be able to complete your degree in fewer credits through our advanced entry option. Check out the program details for your options.
Teaching Foreign Language
If you are interested in teaching a language other than English, you may be interested in our MA in Teaching Foreign Language, which can be completed online and part-time with a mix of asynchronous and live classes. Review the sample course schedule for online TFL.
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), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).
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.
Financing Your Education
Guaranteed $15K Scholarships
We guarantee a $15,000 scholarship per year (prorated by program length and part-time credits) if you request scholarship consideration in your online application. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships.
Work While You Study
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 lesson on your own schedule. You may also be able to take advantage of employer tuition benefits.
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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