USM Online

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

Master of Science in Education – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Promoting multilingualism and multiculturalism in the classroom

  • Take classes online and/or on campus in the USA

  • Distance learning format with options for synchronous and asynchronous web-based coursework

  • Fully-accredited American university and School of Education

  • Program and School of Education accredited by Teacher Education Accreditation Council  

  • Offered by the Literacy, Language, and Culture Program

  • 30 credit hours (10 graduate classes)

  • Features faculty advisors who are committed to your success

  • Option to start in Fall, Spring, or Summer

  • Full-time and part-time schedule options

  • Meets Maine state requirements for ESL teacher endorsement

  • Financial aid, including scholarships and assistantships, may be available to those who qualify

We accept transfer credits from other regionally-accredited (or equivalent) colleges and universities and welcome American and international students of all backgrounds.

Contact us to discuss your unique situation.

If you are interested, apply now.

Unique aspects of our program include:

  • A modern curriculum that is grounded in literacy theory, second language acquisition research, and multicultural learning

  • A holistic approach to second/foreign language learning and teaching

  • Focus on speaking and listening skills, with an emphasis on teaching readers and writers in a diverse world

  • Program can be completed in one calendar year with a Fall start and full-time attendance

  • Online and blended course options to fulfill degree requirements allow for students to study at a distance or on campus

  • The only master’s in TESOL degree offered in the state of Maine

  • Our required practicum provides valuable experiential education

Flexible, online master’s program

Our online format enables you to continue working as you complete your degree requirements. You can even combine your online learning with classes on campus. Apply today.

Outcomes and opportunities

As a TESOL professional, you will develop highly sought-after workplace skills, including professionalism, assessment, and planning, implementing, and managing instruction. TESOL is has been identified as a high need area for the public education system in the state of Maine and beyond.  However, there are a variety of employment options to consider with the M.S.Ed. in TESOL. You will graduate equipped for success in careers such as:

  • K-12 English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher

  • School District ELL Lead

  • Adult Education ELL Teacher

  • Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language Abroad (ESL/EFL)

  • College/University ELL Instructor or Lecturer

Read more about the curriculum and approach here. For those who have begun or completed our Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language, we encourage you to explore this M.S. Ed. opportunity to continue your education.