M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)

(626) 815-3844, tesol@apu.edu

In the online TESOL program, full-time students can complete coursework for the 33-unit M.A. in TESOL degree in one-and-a-half years via online delivery from anywhere in the world. Students complete courses sequentially in a cohort model, which connects participants to a learning community with a rich diversity of experiences.

Time Requirements

Students may begin TESOL studies in either Fall I (August/September) or Spring I (January).

The program is offered in a four-session format: Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, and Spring II. Full-time students typically enroll in two courses per session and can complete the entire program in approximately six sessions (one-and-a-half years). Part-time students taking one course each term can complete the program in about three years.

Other Requirements

Students must have a computer, reliable online access, and an email account. Prior to graduation, students must complete an online portfolio that displays selected student work and provides evidence that the student has met and reflected upon the TESOL program outcomes. Students start their portfolios in a course dedicated to creating a portfolio and then submit them for review. Three faculty members evaluate each portfolio at the end of the program and either suggest specific revisions or approve the portfolio.

Required Courses for the Online Master of Arts in TESOL

TESL 501Language Learning through Technology 13
or TESL 537 Critical Perspectives on Christianity and English Language Teaching
TESL 505Second-language Acquisition3
TESL 515Teaching English Grammar3
TESL 525Teaching English Pronunciation3
TESL 530Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching 33
or TESL 535 Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching
TESL 545Second-language Pedagogy I 23
TESL 550Second-language Pedagogy II3
TESL 557Reflective Teaching 23
TESL 560Language Program Design3
TESL 570Second-language Assessment3
TESL 580TESOL Portfolio3
Total Units33

 Students may select between TESL 501 and TESL 537 to fulfill the elective requirement for the program. 


 Indicates courses required for the TEFL Certificate. 


TESL 535 is not offered online. Students opting for TESL 535 must take this course on campus.