Master of Arts in Teaching-TESOL Delivered Online

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The Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL (MAT – TESOL) program prepares both aspiring and experienced educators to teach English to speakers of other languages of all ages in culturally responsive learning settings.

Delivered online, the MAT – TESOL program offers the same curriculum focused on TESOL pedagogy as our on-campus program. Students explore the foundations of English-language teaching and put theory into practice with fieldwork in domestic and international TESOL settings.

As MAT – TESOL candidates advance through the program, they explore the foundational knowledge of the English language, the social and international context surrounding TESOL classrooms and specific teaching and assessment methods pertaining to the TESOL population.


Coursework in this program is divided into four broad categories that provide students with theoretical foundations, teaching strategies and practical experiences to become an English-language specialist in the U.S. and around the world.

Foundations Courses Provide in-depth knowledge in sociological and psychological theories and their application in the classroom. Foundations classes also introduce students to the latest strategies for infusing technology into instruction.
Teaching Methods Courses Lay the foundation for teaching linguistically and ethnically diverse students in urban and high-needs schools. Courses prepare students to understand and demonstrate their expertise in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, environment, critical thinking and discourse, advocacy, and reflection and inquiry.
Language and Literacy Courses Ground students in the theories of language and literacy for both primary and second language learners. Language and literacy issues are at the forefront of educational reform efforts nationally and globally.
Fieldwork and Capstone Anchor learning in concrete field-based experiences throughout the entire program. From the second term, students observe and practice instructional methods both virtually and in a classroom with English language learners around the world. To demonstrate the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program, students complete a Capstone project consisting of a summative assessment and professional development project.

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As the culmination of their program, MAT – TESOL candidates complete a Capstone project, which consists of their teaching practice summative assessment and professional development project. The Capstone course is structured to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities by synthesizing and expanding upon what has been learned in the MAT – TESOL courses. It is designed for aspiring and experienced teachers to reflect on and modify their ability to facilitate learning, and then to prepare themselves to exert leadership in their professional field.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL program requires a minimum of 30 units. The program offers both full-time and part-time options and can be completed in one to three years.

MAT – TESOL students participate in weekly, live online classes and complete coursework on their own time. Learn more about the online learning experience.

In addition to classes and coursework, students complete fieldwork requirements, which include live observations and real-world teaching experiences both virtually and in a classroom. Learn more about fieldwork.

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