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Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Program Details

The Master of Education in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) program is designed for educators wishing to redirect their careers to teaching English to non-native speakers.  As school systems become more diverse and gain students from different backgrounds, it is important for schools to have teachers specializing in teaching these students.  This program strives to train educators with various strategies and resources for providing effective education to ESOL students.

Basic teaching courses will examine the development of curriculum using the idea of the Understanding by Design model as well as the analysis of qualitative and quantitative research as it is conducted in education.  The language portion of the program will teach the linguistic and literacy needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) and how to develop those skills consisting of the development and best practices of curriculum and materials for ELLs.  Students should also learn about testing and the evaluation of students, other instructional methods, and the principles of Second Language Acquisition.  The importance of understanding cross-cultural communication is an area of emphasis where students learn about different cultures and the needs of children from various backgrounds.  The program will then present methods and techniques used in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages while emphasizing literacy, grammar, word formation, sentence structure, linguistic development, and Language Arts standards.  Finally, students should learn how to create, use, and adapt various tools for proficiency assessment in language (this includes exceptional learners).  Students will be presented with legal requirements and issues from various levels of government for the evaluation of ESOL programs.

Because the program is online, those who are currently working can earn their degree on a more flexible schedule. This program can also be taken with the intention of pursuing a doctoral degree in education.  Finally, this program provides the appropriate training for the ESOL area exam and can potentially lead to ESOL certification.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts required
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or completion of three successful years of teaching experience, or satisfactory GRE scores
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
  • Essay
  • Two references

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges