Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree in Education in TESOL is offered in a completely online environment by Biola University. This degree is designed for those wanting to teach English as a foreign language to adults. The TESOL degree attempts to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the structure of English and how to teach English.

The online component strives to provide working students increased flexibility and convenience of studying for class in their free time. Students enrolled in online courses are encouraged to have basic computer skills, access to a personal computer, and knowledge of navigating an Internet browser.

Biola University is currently switching learning management systems and is transitioning from BlackBoard to Canvas. Both learning systems provide students with course materials and grades. During the transition period, some courses may still use BlackBoard where others will have switched to Canvas. Students should be aware of which Internet browser each professor uses for individual courses.

Students will take courses in three main areas: core coursework, TESOL program work, and a capstone experience. Students will participate in variety of courses such as Educational Psychology, Structure of English, Second Language Acquisition, and either a research project or thesis course.

Successful fulfillment of 38-credit hours is required in order to graduate. This program may be completed in about 2 to 3 years, while still being an employed full-time educator.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Eligible applicants will need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and verify a passing score on the CBEST exam or an equivalent examination.

    School Overview

    Lyman Stewart, co-founder and president of Union Oil Company, partnered with T.C. Horton to open the Bible Institute in 1908 in Los Angeles. Initially, the institution focused on studies in theology and Christian studies. As the school progressed forward, the renamed Biola College acquired programs in medicine, business, and continuing studies, in addition to gaining accreditation. By the 1980s, Biola changed its status to university. Although Biola has continued to grow, the University retains its founding Christian principles. Today, the four-year, private, not-for-profit Biola University awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees on its Southern California campus.

    Biola University offers over 145 academic programs awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. Seven school include:

    • Talbot School of Theology
    • Rosemead School of Psychology
    • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
    • Crowell School of Business
    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Education
    • School of Science, Technology and Health

    For added flexibility, students can choose to complete online programs and courses at Biola University. These programs meet the equivalent standards and rigors as on-campus counterparts. Students can participate in courses delivered completely online or engage in hybrid learning, with both on-campus and online coursework.


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