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

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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.


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

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the M.A. in TESOL program will demonstrate:

PLO 1: Proficiency in spoken and written English at a level appropriate to their anticipated English teaching context.

PLO 2: Ability to reflect upon and apply the experience of learning a foreign language to one’s teaching of English.

PLO 3: Ability to analyze their own and other cultural and/or language systems and how this affects the teaching of English.

PLO 4: Ability to articulate a coherent understanding of the process of language acquisition and the effect on language acquisition of individual and contextual variables.

PLO 5: Ability to interact with Christian views of language learners, language teaching, and the nature of language.

PLO 6: Ability to describe the grammatical and phonological structures of English and analyze learners’ production to create appropriate/related learning activities.

PLO 7: Ability to evaluate and use technology in teaching English.

PLO 8: Ability, through anticipated or actual teaching, to apply the principles of classroom language pedagogy to teach oral and written English.

PLO 9: Ability to apply the techniques and principles of second language assessment, and to interpret the results of such assessments in determining language proficiency and student progress.

PLO 10: Ability to evaluate language teaching materials and design a course of language instruction based upon an articulated working philosophy of language learning and teaching.

PLO 11: Ability to use various classroom research procedures and integrate the TESOL literature with their work.

PLO 12: Ability to identify and discuss ethical issues entailed in English language teaching.

PLO 13: Ability to articulate how one’s worldview/faith, identity, and teaching philosophy impact one’s pedagogy and professional activities.

PLO 14: Ability to participate in the professional TESOL community, including the abilities to give and receive collegial feedback, participate in professional conferences, and apply insights gained to future or current teaching contexts.