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Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Program Details

The online MA in TESL degree program from Webster University is designed for those who seek to develop the English skills of non-native speakers living either overseas or in the United States. The curriculum provides a solid theoretical background in critical aspects such as culture, language structure, first and second language acquisition theory, curriculum and materials development, teaching methodology, assessment, and research. There are two tracks available:

  • ESL/EFL education emphasis - designed to meet the needs of future educators of adults and/or teaching English as a foreign language overseas. In this case, prior teaching experience is not required;
  • K-12 English language learner (ELL) education emphasis - designed to meet the needs of existing content area educators interested in expanding their knowledge of teaching ELLs. In this case, a certificate or license to teach is required.


  • Official transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Non-native speakers need to pass TOEFL, paper-based score of 575 and above 
  • Native speakers two semesters of a foreign language (with a grade of B or better) is strongly recommended
  • Essay: Describe your teaching philosophy in terms of the kind of knowledge and values that will make a teacher a more effective English as a second language/English as a foreign language instructor

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission