Master of Arts in TESOL
Help your learners succeed with a master’s degree in TESOL
Begin or advance your career in teaching English to speakers of other languages, here in the U.S. or around the world.
Valparaiso University’s master’s in TESOL degree combines both practice and theory as you develop effective teaching practices, learn more about proficiency assessment methods, and gain experience through hands-on classroom teaching. You’ll be prepared to pursue careers teaching English to speakers of other languages in school systems, higher education, and beyond.
Accredited TESOL courses built with flexibility in mind
Our TESOL master’s program, which includes an optional thesis, is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Our TESOL courses can be taken full-time or part-time, on campus or online, and during evenings and summer semesters.
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Evening, Summer TESOL Courses Available
Why pursue Valpo’s master’s degree in TESOL?
Are you interested in linguistics and language learning? Do you aspire to help young minds learn English as a second language? Expand your knowledge and skills with Valpo’s Master of Arts in TESOL. Throughout our master’s in TESOL program, you will benefit from:
In as little as two years and 36 credit hours, advance your career and prepare for teaching English to speakers of other languages. After taking your eight required courses, you’ll have the option to pursue an internship or practicum and take four electives in areas that interest you—including in grammar and linguistics, new technologies and their impact on literacy, or technology-enhanced teaching methods.
Small classes with faculty experts
Our master’s degree in TESOL courses are consistently small and taught by leaders in the field. For instance, Program Director and Associate Professor Salena Anderson [RNL1] is a published scholar in teaching English to speakers of other languages and brings ample expertise to the classroom in other areas, such as linguistics and second language writing. You’ll benefit from this knowledge and know-how as you pursue TESOL courses, during your internship or practicum, and as you work in the field with a master’s degree in TESOL.
Courses you will take in Valpo’s TESOL master’s program
Prepare to help individuals from a variety of backgrounds and learn cutting-edge methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages. At Valpo, our master’s in TESOL degree starts with core courses in:
- Introduction to Linguistics
- Sociolinguistics: Language Across Cultures
- Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Methods
- Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practices
- ESL Curriculum and Assessment
- ESL Grammar
- Seminar in ESL
- Observation in English
Following your core master’s degree in TESOL courses, you’ll have the option to take on an internship or practicum. You can also specialize your TESOL master’s program with electives in:
- Advanced Composition
- History of the English Language
- Modern English Grammar
- Topics in Writing
- New Literacies, Technologies, and Cultures of Writing
- Computer Assisted Language Learning
What can you do with a Master of Arts in TESOL?
Whether you’re looking to gain new expertise or advance your job prospects, a Master of Arts in TESOL will open doors throughout education, at home and abroad. With a master’s in TESOL from Valpo, you’ll be ready to work as a K–12 or postsecondary instructor, academic advisor, curriculum coordinator, tutor, and many other career options that involve teaching English to speakers of other languages.
More about careers with a master’s in TESOL
- Master of Arts in TESOL graduates earn $55,754, on average, according to payscale.com.
- TESOL students benefit from many opportunities to teach abroad.
Hear from our Valpo master’s degree in TESOL graduates
“During my TESOL master’s program and practicum at Valpo, I really fell in love with English as a second language education. I am excited to apply my knowledge and skills in the classroom.”
— May Ling ’21, Master of Arts in TESOL
English Second Language Teacher, Fremont School District
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