Grand Canyon University

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Active teachers looking to further their knowledge of working with students from non-English speaking countries may be interested in Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program. Read further for more information about this advanced program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this program must have an active teaching license, plus at least one year of teaching experience as well as access to a K-12 classroom with non-English-speaking students for completing assignments. Because this program is geared towards teaching speakers of other languages, applicants should be interested in communicating, teaching and leading students who speak languages other than English. Cross-cultural interests or experiences may also be helpful in this program. All applicants to Grand Canyon University master's degree programs must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 or sufficient test scores on the GMAT or GRE; some programs have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Grand Canyon University is a continuing professional education program for active teachers who want to further their experience and knowledge of English as a Second Language (ESL) and working in diverse classrooms. Students in this program will have the opportunity to learn about the diverse and multi-cultural classroom by studying linguistics, curriculum development, second language acquisition, TESOL theories and concepts, and the ethical teaching principles defined by Christianity. For hands-on learning, each student is also required to participate in a practicum consisting of 110 hours of working with bilingual and English language learner students.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

32 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This degree program is made up of 32 credits of core courses in education, learning styles and educational research. Contact Grand Canyon University before enrolling in any program, as degree programs and course options are subject to change.

Core Requirements (32 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Foundations of Instruction for English Language Learners
  • School, Community, and Family Culture
  • Linguistics
  • Literacy in Bilingual Settings
  • ELL and Bilingual Curriculum and Methods of Instruction
  • ELL and Bilingual Assessments
  • Methods of Teaching and Evaluating ELLs with Special Needs
  • BLE or TESOL Practicum

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this master's degree program in TESOL could decide to further their education by pursuing a related doctoral-level degree. One of these might include English as a Second Language or a doctorate level degree specifically in TESOL subjects. An advanced degree may be of interest to those who which to teach or are interested in leadership and administrative roles in education.

Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Doctor of Education in TESOL
  • Doctor of Education in English Second Language (ESL)

Career Paths:

Because this program is designed for already-active teachers, graduates may be able to pursue more advanced employment in their own school or apply for additional positions in other educational institutions. These may include roles at charter, private or public schools.

Graduates could be able to pursue include:

  • Education consultant
  • Program coordinator
  • Teacher

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