Note: This program was designed for students who attend our New Hampshire campus. If you are a student at Vietnam National University, visit our program page for our Master of Science in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Whether you are ready to take on leadership roles in culturally responsive English education in the US or overseas, the Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program prepares students for a variety of English education opportunities. Designed for working professionals, with evening and online coursework, the MA in TESOL degree combines the latest in inter-culturally informed pedagogies and hands-on practice.
This master’s degree is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of educational contexts, including K-12 and post-secondary education. Through studying the latest theories and best practices in second language pedagogy, methodology, curriculum design and assessment students, will be able to plan and deliver effective instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) in the United States or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in another country.
Learn how to:
In SNHU’s English education program, methodologies for a variety of teaching situations are integrated into the curriculum, as well as strategies for teaching learners of all ages.
SNHU’s TESOL program offers 3 specializations:
Participants in the MA in TESOL program have the opportunity to observe classes at educational institutions throughout southern New Hampshire – as well as virtually with refugees through partnerships such as SNHU's Global Education Movement (GEM) program and Center for New Americans.
The benefits of earning a master’s in TESOL at SNHU include:
SNHU requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission. If you are an international student in need of a visa to study on campus, please see our international admission requirements.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our three 16-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within two weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply complete our online application form.
There’s always a need for qualified teachers. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for education, training and library occupations are projected to grow 5% through 2028 – that’s more than 500,000 jobs added to the workforce.1 The median annual wage for these positions in May 2019 was $50,790 – higher than the median salary of all occupations.1
About 23% of school-age children spoke a language other than English at home in the U.S. in 2017, according to some of the most recent federal data available.2 The demand for educators with TESOL background remains high in the U.S. school systems.
Worldwide demand for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructors should rise. Here’s why you should consider this as a career path:
The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program consists of 12 courses, including 6 core curriculum classes with supervised practice teaching, 4 specialization classes and 4 electives.
Total Credits: 36
Earning your degree is a smart choice to advance your career, and investing in an affordable program increases your ROI. We keep our costs low to remove barriers between you and your goals.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/home.htm (viewed June 26, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 ChildStats.gov, Language Spoken at Home and Difficulty Speaking English, on the internet, at https://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/ family5.asp (viewed June 26, 2020)
3 ThoughtCo., How Many People Speak English?, on the internet, at https://www.thoughtco.com/how-many-people-learn-english-globally-1210367 (viewed June 26, 2020)
4 International TEFL Academy, 10 Best Countries for Teaching English Abroad in 2020, on the internet, at https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/blog/10-best-job-markets-for-teaching-english-abroad-in-2020 (viewed June 26, 2020)