MAE in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Master’s in TESOL Degree Overview


Our Master of Arts in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Degree Program is designed to help you break down the barriers that exist between people of different cultures and speakers of various languages. This graduate program prepares you to teach English to speakers of other languages, incorporate technology into the language classroom, and examine the cross-cultural communication differences. Through this TESOL MAE program, you can build bridges of communication and understanding to make a lasting impact to every English language learner.

Whether you are looking to enroll in a TESOL online program or if you prefer to learn at our in-person university, we give you all the tools needed in this graduate study, so you can make a difference in the lives of English learners and non-native speakers. If you are a prospective graduate student looking for higher education opportunities, we highly recommend you learn more about our MA in TESOL program.




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Master’s of Arts in TESOL Degree Highlights


Master’s Degree in TESOL Job Opportunities

After graduating from our university, you will be able to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to both children and adults, work in language program administration, and develop ESL/EFL textbooks and classroom materials. Note that a TESOL MAE Degree does not provide the credential to teach in the public K-12 education system. Learn more about our other teaching programs and credentials if you are interested in earning your credential.


Hands-On Experience

By studying in a graduate program that puts an emphasis on hands-on training, you're armed with the tools you need to succeed in English language teaching as soon as you step off of our commencement stage. Reach the far corners of the world with a TESOL Master's Degree from Alliant.


Accommodating Formats

Choose between a fully online master’s program and on-campus evening classes on our San Diego campus for your degree. On-campus students choose from taking one or two core courses per eight-week term, and online students take one course per eight-week term. This allows you to finish your TESOL degree on a schedule that best suits your lifestyle.

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“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
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Tips of the Trade: TESOL Classroom Aides

As a TESOL teacher, you can make your impact through enabling students to communicate, express, and advocate for themselves. Teachers in this field give the gift of voice to English learners, and online resources and lesson plans complement classroom learning. Here are some of our favorite resources for TESOL learners.


Learners of all ages will enjoy Lanternfish, which offers vocabulary flashcards, crossword puzzles, worksheets for young learners, vocabulary-boosting videos, quizzes, phonics, and even role-playing lessons to build interview and job search skills.

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Here’s a resource for students and teachers. At Dave’s ESL Cafe, you can find TESOL jobs all over the globe, network with other teachers, and interact with English language learners. Your students will find comprehensive lessons plus student forums.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

You can have fun, prepare TESOL students for everyday life in America, and help learners master their conversation skills with audio lessons. Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab provides audio clips and quizzes to reinforce comprehension. TESOL learners not only boost their English comprehension, they can better comprehend topics that are pertinent to their lives.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this master’s degree?

    Graduates of our MA in TESOL degree program can expect to find an English language teaching career, training speakers of other languages across all age ranges and the applicable settings-private language schools for children, adult education centers for adults, community college language programs, and so on.

    After graduating, you will become an ESL teacher or instructor. As an ESL teacher, you will be able to aid in the second language acquisition of an English learner or international student, and aim to leave an everlasting impact on their life. You may also use this degree to enhance a pre-existing career in education to offer you a wider range of opportunity for employment in a setting where knowledge of TESOL may be preferred or even required.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students in language education. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • What does the TESOL Practicum Project consist of?

    The TESOL Practicum Project is the final project you will complete during your time in the program. Similar to a thesis project, each student in the MAE in TESOL program will spend their final term (or two terms if they wish) working on a research project meant to serve as a capstone to their education. This course may be taken as a single, 3-unit course in the 10th and final term, or as two 1.5-credit courses across the 9th and 10th terms. Either option will result in a completed project to be presented at the end of that 10th term.

  • When does the Master's TESOL degree program start?

    The MAE in TESOL degree program is an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the MAE in TESOL degree program?

    The TESOL Master’s degree is a 30-credit program. Online students require a minimum of 18 months to complete over 10 terms. On-campus students require a minimum of one year to complete the program.

  • What is the modality of this program?

    The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually and on your time, allowing you to tailor your graduate study education to your schedule.


Degree Campus Locations

The MAE in TESOL program is offered both on-campus and online. Students have the option to choose between an online program or taking on-campus evening classes in San Diego, California. Click the image below to learn more about our San Diego campus and what it has to offer.


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.



At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.


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