GCU’s Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Degree
The world has long since become an interconnected global community, with opportunities to experience different cultures and languages. As people emigrate outside their home countries, language instruction becomes a necessity.
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offers a pathway for teaching professionals to pursue opportunities working with students from non-English speaking countries. This advanced master’s in TESOL online and evening degree is designed to accommodate the diverse and culturally enriched classroom.
The Master of Arts in TESOL online degree is offered through GCU’s College of Education and is institutionally accredited. The program was designed to align with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (ITASC) and the Standards for the Recognition of Initial TESOL Programs in PK-12 ESL Teacher Education.
Explore Advanced ESL Studies With a Master of Arts (MA) in TESOL
This online master’s in TESOL degree can prepare licensed educators to employ best practices in teaching speakers of other languages. Some of the specialized topic areas you will study may include:
- Applied quantitative and qualitative research in education
- Teaching and learning based on neuroscience, behavioral and cognitive sciences
- Current language models and prototypes
- Historical, sociological, political and legal foundations of instructional programs
- Multicultural education
- Social, community, cultural and individual differences in teaching and learning
- Fundamentals of linguistics and language acquisition theories
- Evaluation and structuring of assessments
- Culturally responsive curriculum, instructional methods and materials
- Literacy development through multicultural literature
Additionally, our online master’s in TESOL candidates are required to complete practicum/field experience hours. Students enrolled in GCU’s TESOL master’s program will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to classrooms working directly with bilingual or English Language Learner (ELL) students. A total of 110 hours of observational and practice-based experiences are required.
MA in TESOL Career Possibilities
Graduates may be qualified to pursue positions in public, private or charter schools. They may apply for jobs such as:
- Preschool teacher
- Kindergarten teacher
- Elementary school teacher
- Middle school teacher
- Secondary school teacher
- Adult secondary education
- English as a second language instructor
This master's in TESOL online degree is available for active licensed teaching professionals. All online TESOL master’s degree applicants must have access to a PK-12 classroom with English as a second language in order to complete the assignments and the practicum course. All applicants are required to submit a copy of their current teaching license or provide documentation proving a minimum of one year of teaching experience. Upon completion of the ESL studies program, graduates are one step closer to being eligible to pursue the ESL and/or BLE endorsement in the state of Arizona.
Master’s in TESOL Degree Program FAQs:
GCU has answered your frequently asked questions when choosing to pursue a degree that allows you to work directly with bilingual or English Language Learner (ELL) students.
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.
1 Statista, The Most Spoken Languages Worldwide in 2022 in October 2022
2 Language Connects Foundation (n.d.) Championing language education to create deeper connections. Retrieved on May 19, 2023.
3 Statista, Number of Students Learning English as a Foreign Language in 2020, by Country in October 2022
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