TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Promote equity and inclusivity for English language learners (ELLs) and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. We offer certificates and master’s degrees for state ESL endorsement, initial ESL teacher certification, and for advanced education in TESOL. Learn more about TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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Blended program option: Master of Science in Education in TESOL

With a blend of online and on-campus courses, you’ll have both flexibility and the opportunity to connect with peers, colleagues, and faculty in-person.
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Fully online option: Master of Science in Education in TESOL

Study from anywhere in the world through our accelerated online program. Gain an understanding of language as a system and how to support English language learners.
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View our Course Plan

Plot out your course plan by semester, whether you’re studying online, on campus, part-time, or full-time. Courses are held in the late afternoon and early evening.
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Explore your options

Study online or through a blend of on-campus and online courses. Teach locally or abroad. We welcome in-state, out-of-state, and international applicants.

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Information for International Students

You can study online or come to our campus and study in America. Our Office of International Programs offers guidance with preparing your application.

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MSEd with initial K-12 ESL teacher certification

We offer a blend of online and on-campus courses, in addition to practicum and internship experience. There is no GRE admission requirement.
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Experienced Educators Can Now Earn a CGS in Literacy Coaching

This post-master’s certificate is for literacy educators to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to coach PreK-12 teachers in effective literacy instruction.

Certificate of Advanced Study: Self-directed post-masters program

Gain specialty in the areas of TESOL that best align with your interests and career. Can lead to state ESL endorsement.
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Certificate of Graduate Study: Obtain your ESL endorsement

Complete our graduate certificate program in as little as one year. We welcome both certified teachers and those working toward teacher certification.

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Practice your teaching skills

We’ll connect you with opportunities to practice your ELL teaching skills, including volunteer and practicum positions anywhere in the world.
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We’d love to tell you more about the benefits of graduate study at the University of Southern Maine.
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