TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


The TESOL program is committed to promoting 21st century literacy, multilingualism, and multiculturalism locally and globally.  Each certificate and degree emphasizes language; culture; planning, implementing, and managing instruction; assessment; and professionalism.  Classroom teachers, educational technicians, adult educators, school administrators, international teachers, and those interested in teaching English abroad are encouraged to apply

Quick facts:

  • All degree and certificate programs can be completed ENTIRELY online.
  • Practicum experience can be done where you live, including internationally.  Maine or US residency is NOT required.
  • All programs can be completed in just ONE year.
  • No GRE scores are required for admission.
  • Our graduates teach all over the world, including in the United States, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Egypt, and other countries.
  • The MSEd in TESOL and the post-master's CAS in ESL can lead to Maine's ESL endorsement (660) for certified educators in only 30 credit hours (close consultation with your faculty advisor is recommended).  Graduates consistently exceed the required passing scores on Praxis Subject Assessment.

Available programs:

M.S.Ed. in TESOL

The M.S.Ed. in TESOL is the only degree of its kind in Maine and is designed to accommodate the needs and goals of a wide range of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, including K-12 teachers, adult educators, and those who teach or want to teach abroad. International students are encouraged to apply. This 30-credit program may be completed in one year with careful planning alongside a faculty advisor and summer or fall matriculation.

This program enables students to meet Maine state requirements for endorsement as an ESL teacher, K-12. State endorsement in ESL requires prior teacher certification and a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment exam (5361) for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Certificate of Advanced Study in English as a Second Language

The Post-Master's Certificate of Advanced Study in English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to pursue advanced graduate study in ESL, EFL, and related areas.

The CAS requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework including a capstone experience, and a master's degree is a requirement for admission. Students may design a program to suit their needs for advanced study. Maine endorsement as an ESL teacher, K-12, may be earned through the CAS with careful program of study planning.

Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language

The Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language is designed to accommodate teachers, educational technicians, and other holders of baccalaureate degrees (BS or BA) who wish to obtain foundational knowledge in English language learning.

Certificate completers are able to plan effective instruction for English language learners and may earn state endorsement in ESL if other requirements are met (hold provisional or professional teaching license, pass Praxis II ESOL exam).  A total of 15 credits are required to complete the certificate program.