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Online Learning


Start Dates

Three Start Terms
Next Start Term: Summer 2022


Program Length

2 years



Tuition Per Credit Hour: $575
Credit Hours to Complete: 30
Approximate Cost: $17, 250


Credit Hours

30 Credit Hours



TESOL Prepares You for a Future Teaching English

As national demographics change, there is a rapidly growing need for education professionals who are skilled in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), including English as a Second Language, Dual Language Education and Bilingual Education.

Our M.A. in Education TESOL concentration program is designed for graduate students like you who are interested in becoming prepared to teach English learners in Pre-K through 12 classrooms, as well as adult education settings.

Please note that if you're a graduate student interested in obtaining this degree, you're not required to be a licensed teacher and will gain the preparation needed for teaching English in community settings, both in the U.S. and abroad. However, completing the TESOL program does not grant state licensure.

TESOL Employment Outlook

The U.S. Department of Education Statistics has designated English as a Second Language as a teacher shortage area. As such, the employment forecast for positions teaching English to children and adults in the U.S. is favorable.

Private language companies are always seeking English teachers to instruct online courses. These companies differ and may concentrate on tutoring or teaching children, or perhaps focus on adults who need to improve their English for business.

Teaching abroad is a great option as well. Government-run schools from countries on every continent often look to teachers with a background in TESOL. Imagine yourself teaching English to young students in countries like Japan, Thailand or the United Arab Emirates.

Please note that this list of examples is non-exhaustive.

The SXU Difference

SXU's Education Department meets the high standards of professional accreditation agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission and NCATE.

You'll also learn from faculty with vast experience. Our lead in TESOL, Kathleen McInerney, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Iowa. Along the way, she has gained much experience with and published research about ESL, EFL and Dual Language teaching.

Dr. McInerney has taught Pre-K through graduate students and also teaches a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate course in the summers in Cuenca, Ecuador. She has also helped to found a trilingual children's school in Cuenca, focused on global citizenship, and provides professional development to teachers of English in the U.S. and Ecuador.

Although we do not offer in-person visits to SXU's Education Department at this time, for more information please contact the Office of Admission at admissionFREESXU or call 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798).

TESOL Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in TESOL is 30 credit hours in total to complete. You'll take the courses in the ESL/Bilingual Education Endorsement program, totaling 18 credit hours, as well as the core M.A. in Education courses.

Course topics include methods of teaching ESL and Bilingual Education, Linguistics, Multicultural Education and Theoretical Foundations of TESOL.

In addition to your TESOL courses, you'll also be required to have at least 100 hours of a field experience in bilingual or ESL classrooms. This requirement can only be waived with documentation of at least 3 months of teaching experience on a valid license in a bilingual or ESL setting.

Please note that core courses may be substituted, with approval from the program chair and associate dean.

Please view our admission requirements, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

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Take the next step on your path to serving diverse students. Please review the program's application requirements and apply online today!

If you're a graduate student looking to complete the 18 credit hour endorsement in ESL or Bilingual Education, you may choose to continue your education toward a Master of Arts degree. The endorsement in ESL or Bilingual Education can be added to a current teaching license.

Be sure to complete your FAFSA and explore any tuition benefits that your district or school offers.


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