Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ASU Online’s Master of TESOL program provides background training in linguistic research, language-acquisition theories and trending teaching methodologies, so you can develop the talents needed to pursue a career teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Enrolling in a TESOL master’s program means exploring more immersive language experiences and broadening your possibilities for communication and collaboration. As a student, you’ll study a variety of topics, such as:

  • Computer-assisted language learning.
  • Classroom pedagogy.
  • Curriculum design.
  • English as an international language.
  • English grammar and grammar for TESOL.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll understand teaching and materials designed for program and curriculum development.

If you’re interested in teaching K-12 education within the U.S., you must also complete the training and licensure required by your state separately.

What are the benefits of the master’s in TESOL program?


The benefits of the Master of TESOL program include:

  • A flexible schedule and internship opportunity: You have the option to complete your master’s in TESOL in as little as 18 months. You’ll also have the ability to complete your internship from anywhere in the world.
  • A learner-focused curriculum: The curriculum design allows you to tailor the program to meet your professional needs, personal interests and long-term goals.
  • Gain transferable skills: You’ll build the skills needed to participate in the field of TESOL from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
  • Faculty expertise: The faculty brings a unique combination of expertise, such as second/additional language acquisition, history of English, English grammar, language testing and assessment, curriculum and materials design, teaching English as an international language, native speakerism, English for specific purposes and many other areas of TESOL, linguistics and applied linguistics.
  • On-campus resources: All students, including remote learners, have access to a variety of resources, such as the MTESOL Handbook which guides students through the program.
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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)
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Arizona State University’s Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program prepares you to teach English as a second language. With a flexible learning program and the latest teaching methodologies, earning your master’s in TESOL helps you form a solid foundation of the principles and practices needed to support positive outcomes in English language learning.

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The foundational coursework for the master’s in TESOL focuses on English language research, linguistics and related areas needed to build knowledge throughout the program. This program also requires the completion of elective courses. You’ll choose three credit hours of graduate credit in the Department of English and nine credit hours of graduate credit consisting of other linguistics courses or, with prior approval, English courses or courses outside of the Department of English. Additionally, this program has a foreign language requirement and includes a supervised practicum internship and a capstone course. Courses include:

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Applicants of the master’s of TESOL program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Applicants are only eligible if they’ve earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants may pursue admissions if they have an undergraduate degree in majors like anthropology, applied linguistics, cognitive science, communication, comparative languages and literature, education, English literature, history or law.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program. Alternatively, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Proof of English proficiency.
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  • An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants should see the Department of English website for specific details about English proficiency requirements.
  • The one-page, single-spaced statement of purpose should explain how the master’s in TESOL program fits within the applicant's long-term goals.
  • Letters of recommendation should provide a clear picture of the applicant's potential for successfully completing a master's degree. At least some of the letters should be from university professors familiar with the applicant's academic work and with master's-level academic programs.
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Will my Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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