Program Overview

Students who choose the Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language typically wish to greatly impact the language skills of learners who are non-native speakers. When teaching English, individuals must have a deep understanding of the components that affect learners. Culture, first languages, and curriculum design all must be taken into consideration when working with diverse learners. Students who pursue this degree may not be required to have prior teaching experience depending on what emphasis they choose to incorporate into this curriculum. All of the courses are available online for participants who feel distance learning would be beneficial to them. Students who pursue this master’s degree are often already employed in the field of education or in another professional career. Webster University recognizes the importance of education as a tool for advancing career and personal goals.

This program requires students to complete 33 total credit hours in order to earn the degree. Students must choose from an Adult Education Emphasis Track or a K-12 English Language Learner Education Emphasis Track. Students who choose the Adult Education Emphasis are not required to have prior experience in teaching. The curriculum offered through this emphasis will prepare participants to teach English language in adult learning settings. Through this program, students may pursue Missouri ESOL Certification or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate.

In order to ensure success in student’s careers teaching English, this program provides students with a wide knowledge base of topics that are essential to understand. The language history, culture, policy, and curriculum development are a few of the many topics that will be explored through a language background. Communication is an important skill that will be learned through this program. This skill may be utilized while communicating with and teaching individuals who are speaking English as their second language.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    Webster University is a non-profit, private university that was established in 1915. Weber University was originally founded as Loretto College, by the Sisters of Loretto, and was a Catholic women’s college. Today, the school operates as a co-educational, independent, non-denominational university. The educational programs at WU have a liberal arts foundation and aim to prepare students for the real world. Webster University is a global institution that provides aims to provide high quality learning opportunities that prepare students for individual excellence.

    Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
    • Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
    • School of Education
    • School of Communications

    WU has an online program that allows full and part time undergraduate and graduate students to take individual classes, or pursue a degree online. Undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates can be earned online.


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