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Masters in TESOL & ESL

One of the teaching fields where the chronic shortage of trained educators persists is for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL. The two principal TESOL graduate programs are the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the Master of Education (MEd) for teaching in this field, which required certification and licensure by the state just as with every other teaching specialty K-12. We have selected a few TESOL masters' programs based on cost, licensure acceptance and educational quality. Some teachers who are already working and have a teaching credential can complete a Masters in TESOL with a one year MAT program. Those who prefer to complete a graduate degree in education will find TESOL masters' programs offered by the School of Education at most universities.

1. University of Cincinnati (**Highly Recommended) has geared their Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concentration toward individuals who are licensed in single or multiple subject areas and are interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). The school offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. It has been ranked among the 100 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

2. Grand Canyon University (**Highly Recommended) has an online Masters in TESOL that is a thirty two credit hour program offering detailed instruction in the nuances of teaching English to students and adults who are learning grammar, linguistics and composition for a new language. The curriculum includes courses in teaching various content areas at the K-12 level such as social studies, mathematics, and science to students with limited English capabilities.

3. Northcentral University (**Highly Recommended) is an online university that has a comprehensive School of Education graduate program offering both master's and doctorate programs. The TESOL masters' program is a thirty credit hour degree available for students who wish to teach in a K-12 TESOL environment or for those who are interested in one of the doctoral programs in education at Northcentral.

4. Capella University School of Education offers a Master of Education in English Learning & Teaching that is a TESOL program for educators who are looking for a program designed around the national curriculum standards for English Language Learners (ELL). The forty eight credit hour program includes a 45 hour practicum allowing students to test their skills once they have completed the coursework.

5. Nova Southeastern University offers a TESOL graduate program in the form of a Master of Education in Reading & English to Speakers of Other Languages. The focus on reading provides the core for instructing students in the fundamentals of English sentence structure and from there, the use of paragraphs and the fundamentals of writing. The degree is available on the Florida campus or as an online Master of TESOL.

6. USC Rossier School of Education has an online Master of TESOL offered as part of the MAT@USC program. This is the online Master of Arts in Teaching degree launched two years ago at USC that has had an enthusiastic response, with students from at least 35 states currently enrolled. There is also a campus option for this degree, which is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any field who can illustrate an academic and professional background that qualified them as a teacher of English.

7. Jones International University has two online Master of TESOL degree programs: one is a standard K-12 MEd in TESOL and the other is has a specialization in Bilingual Education. The second option is meant for licensed teachers who are bilingual and are interested in earning an additional credential for bilingual education. The standard TESOL program is also for working teachers interested in moving into an advanced field.

8. Western Governors University offers a Master of Education in English Language Learning/English as a Second Language. This online Master of TESOL program recognizes that there are two areas of TESOL education in the K-12 classrooms, and prepares students for both. Some, but not all states have individual licensing programs for ELL and ESL. Some states are issuing emergency credentials in TESOL because the need is so great.

9. University of the Southwest has designed their (TESOL) program for already certified teachers or administrators with an interest in teaching ESL students in the classroom or serving as a district ESL coordinator. The format and courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to the adult learner, who is a certified teacher or administrator, and to maximize strengths that the working educator possesses.