Qualifications Are Key

Now is the time to develop your skills with programs designed specifically to help you teach multilingual learners


University of Alabama at Birmingham
EdS-TESOL and MAEd-ESL
Format: Online
Length: About two years, part time
Credit hours: 30–36 for each degree

UAB’s EdS-TESOL prepares education specialists at the post-MA level. Its MAEd-ESL is nationally recognized by CAEP-TESOL and has tracks for teaching children and adults, locally and abroad. Also available is a teaching multilingual learners graduate certificate. Passionate faculty guide students through virtual communities of inquiry. UAB online courses have accessible tuition.


American TESOL
TESOL In-Class Certification
Format: Hybrid 40 hours in class, 80 online, total 120

American TESOL in-class programs include online TESOL Advanced Certification, plus five days (40 hours) of hands-on training, where students participate in lectures, practice teaching presentations, and learn about teaching English abroad. 


Arizona State University
Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)
Format: On Campus and Online
Length: 2-3 Semesters
Credit hours: 30

The master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for a career in the international field of English language teaching. Students will develop knowledge and professional skills in four areas: language, second/foreign language learning, research methods, and pedagogy. An undergraduate TESOL certificate is also available.


Azusa Pacific University
MA in TESOL, certificate in TESOL, and TEFL certificate
Format: The MA and both certificates are each offered in three formats: online, in person on the Azusa campus, and field-based (hybrid), which combines intensive in-person classes with online coursework
Length: MA, 1 ½ years; TESOL certificate, 1 ½ semesters; TEFL certificate, one semester
Credit hours: MA, 33 semester units; TESOL certificate, 18 units; TEFL certificate, six units

Two elective courses allow freedom to select an area of interest. Language Learning through Technology helps prepare online students for the future in the changing world of education. Christianity and Critical Perspectives explores various perspectives on the history and future of the intersection of faith and English language teaching.


University of Central Missouri
MSc in Education (MSE) in English language learners (ELL)
Format: K–12 option: Online
            TESL option: Online/campus/hybrid
Length: K–12 option: Part time, five semesters
             TESL option: Full time, three to four semesters, or part time at your own pace
Credit hours: 30 credit hours

The K–12 option will enhance your knowledge and skills as a K–12 teacher to effectively serve the growing population of ELLs in US schools. The K–12 option also offers the Missouri ELL certification endorsement courses.
The TESL option will prepare you to be an effective and skilled teacher for ESOL to contribute to the education of English learners outside of the US and/or at the college level.


Gonzaga University
MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages
Format: On-campus
Length: Typically two years
Credit hours: 36 credits

Gonzaga University’s TESOL program provides a foundation for teaching that leads to the application of knowledge and skills through hands-on coursework. Gonzaga prepares students for careers as teachers or language specialists who help students develop skills for diverse and global communities.


Greensboro College
Greensboro College Graduate Studies in TESOL
Format: Online/campus/hybrid online
Length: 18 months
Credit hours: 30

GC offers an affordable MA in TESOL with a focus on pedagogy, culture, and linguistics. In addition, they offer six specialized certificates, including in teaching English abroad and online English language instruction. 


Kennesaw State University
Program Title: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) TESOL
Format: Online
Length: Four to seven semesters (one to two years)
Credit hours: 39

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree but no education background or teacher certification is eligible for KSU’s MAT TESOL degree program. It leads to pre-K–12 initial teaching certification to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students in Georgia and in many US states that have reciprocity with GA.


Long Island University
MS.Ed. in TESOL: 37 credits, online
MS.Ed. in Childhood and TESOL – Dual Degree: 46 credits, online
Advanced Certificate in TESOL: 16 credits, online

Focus on Culturally-Responsive Sustaining Education
Specialization in Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)
Online pedagogy using the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA®)


University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Master’s Degree and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Format: Both the master’s degree and the certificate can be taken completely on campus, completely online or as a combination of on campus and online courses.
Length: 2-5 semesters; varies by specialization
Credit hours: Certificate: 12 credits; Master’s: 36-51 credits (varies by specialization)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL (12 credits), General MA TESOL (36 credits), MA TESOL with Thesis (39 credits), MA TESOL with P-12 Certification (42 credits), TESOL with Thesis and P-12 Certification (51 credits)


Moody Theological Seminary
BA, graduate certificate, MA, Master of Divinity in TESOL
Format: Online/campus/hybrid in Chicago, Illinois; Plymouth, Michigan; online
Length: Varies by program; one to five years
Credit hours: Bachelor of Arts, 120 credits. Graduate certificate, 24 credits. Master of Arts, 48 credits. Master of Divinity, 87 credits.

Earn a TESOL degree from Moody Theological Seminary and become qualified to teach English anywhere in the world. Students also learn to think critically and develop their teaching skills from top-notch instructors while receiving a practical, affordable, and ministry-based education. Study in downtown Chicago, in Plymouth, Michigan, or entirely online.


Murray State University
MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages
Format: Online/campus/hybrid.
Length: Length of program is contingent on student’s level of commitment; full time or part time
Credit hours: 30

The MATESOL at Murray State University offers focused instruction on theoretical and pedagogical foundations related to language development and the development of students’ abilities to design and implement effective practices, preparing for an ever-changing world, addressing cultural dynamics that face students in a variety of classroom formats.


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MEd in English language learning
Format: Campus and hybrid
Length: Two years
Credit hours: 36

The MEd in English language learning provides comprehensive educator preparation for working with emergent bilingual students in pre-K–12 contexts in the US. The coursework includes the required courses for obtaining the English Language Acquisition and Development (ELAD) endorsement (with reciprocity in most states).


Pepperdine University
MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
Format: Campus
Length: Eleven months
Credit hours: 32 credits

Grounded in linguistic and social justice; technology-infused; hands-on clinical practicum; TESOL conference attendance; cohort community.


Westcliff University
MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages (MA TESOL)
Format: Online/on-campus
Length: Two years
Credit hours: 36

The MA TESOL concentration in educational technology (nine credit hours) prepares students to innovate their classrooms with technology for learning. The curriculum offers opportunities for building technology skills and confidence, evaluating current trends and tools, and designing content and assessments based on current learning theories in any EFL/ESL contexts.