Master of Arts (M.A.)

TESOL Education

Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Reduced Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Online synchronous format offers engaging, interactive learning experiences in real time and the convenience of asynchronous online learning

2 year completion time, including breaks

Cohort model helps facilitate supportive and collaborative learning

Workload designed for full time professional educators

Goals and Focus of the Program

The Master of Arts in TESOL Education will provide the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to teach the increasing numbers of English Language Learners (ELL) in today’s multicultural and diverse classrooms.

Program Design

The Master of Arts in TESOL Education program follows a cohort instructional model with a fully online delivery structure. Eight-week courses include online classes that meet in real time (synchronous), as well as provide offline (asynchronous) learning experiences within the four hour class period. Online class sessions meet virtually from 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM on the same night of the week. The duration of the program is approximately two years.


Students in the Master of Arts in TESOL Education program must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5; one year of full time, contracted teaching experience; and access to a classroom and students throughout the duration of the program to fulfill field study requirements.

Degree Requirements and Career Outcome

The degree requirements for this program are successful completion of the program’s respective courses (listed below) and completion of a capstone project as a university requirement, which is embedded within the coursework. Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Arts in TESOL Education. The program is aligned with Connecticut Cross-Endorsement Regulations in TESOL and Bilingual for students who hold current CT teaching certification. Individuals seeking to become TESOL teachers must demonstrate written proficiency in English with a passing score on the Praxis 2 Core Academic Skills Test in Writing. Those seeking to become elementary level bilingual teachers are required to be certified in elementary education AND bilingual education; those seeking to become secondary level bilingual education teachers must be certified in both the subject area they will teach AND in bilingual education. In addition, individuals must demonstrate written proficiency in English with a passing score on the Praxis 2 Core Academic Skills Test in Writing AND proficiency in the other language of instruction through passing scores on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).

Plan of Study

CourseTitle  Hours
EDUC 551
Teaching in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
LING 501
Applied Linguistics for TESOL
LING 502
Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 552Methodology for Second Language Teaching  
EDUC 559Second Language Assessment  
EDUC 553
Materials and Curriculum Development for TESOL
EDUC 550
Second Language Composition
EDUC 567
Advance Studies in Intercultural Learning*
EDUC 579
TESOL Practicum*
EDUC 569
Policy Partnerships and Advocacy for TESOL*


Total Credit Hours:


Please Note:

*Master’s Capstone Project Included

The courses for this program may be offered in a different order. This list should not be considered the finalized course sequence