Master in TESOL

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Earn Your Master’s in TESOL From Wilson College Online

Across the nation, students whose dominant language isn’t English face particular challenges in learning comprehension. Without caring teachers who know how to meet these learners’ needs, there’s a chance they’ll be left behind. At Wilson College Online, we’ll help you become a more inclusive educator so that you can cultivate classroom environments that uplift all students.

Our flexible online Master in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and are currently certified to teach in pre-K through 12th grade. Throughout your time in the program, you’ll explore the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning language skills through speaking, listening, reading, and writing—empowering you to become a more well-rounded educator who transforms lives.

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Choose Wilson for Your TESOL Degree

Our practical, research-based curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of how young learners adapt to the English language both in the classroom and beyond. During your time in the program, you’ll learn to:

  • Teach nonnative English speakers to adopt the language through speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture
  • Use key teaching frameworks and multiple language acquisition tools to drive student progress
  • Make a meaningful human connection with students through a hands-on approach to teaching

What Will You Do With Your TESOL Degree?

Earning your master’s degree in TESOL from Wilson College Online allows for both personal and professional advancement. Whether you’re looking for a salary increase, opportunities to teach abroad, or new ways to foster inclusivity in your current classroom, we’ll help you get there.

Choose Wilson for Your TESOL Degree

The program offers three unique pathways based on your goals:

  • Master’s in TESOL (No Certification): This option is for certified educators who wish to advance their knowledge of TESOL.
  • Master’s in TESOL With ESL Certification: This option is for certified educators who wish to gain Pennsylvania ESL certification in pre-K through 12th grade.
  • ESL Certification Only (15 Credits): This option is for certified educators who wish to gain Pennsylvania ESL certification in pre-K through 12th grade.
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Curriculum & Courses

The Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and are currently certified to teach in pre-K through 12th grade. The program is based on the premise that successful teachers need an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, a mastery of current theory, and an understanding of research-based practices and technology to become great educators. The main focus of the Wilson program is to hone teaching skills through research and classroom practices, fostering teaching excellence and teacher leadership.

Master's-Level Courses (10 Required)

ESL Certification Only (5 Courses)

ESL 512

Teaching English Learners

3 credit hours

ESL 560

Language and Culture

3 credit hours

ESL 561

Applied Linguistics for TESOL

3 credit hours

ESL 562

TESOL Instructional Methods/Assessment

3 credit hours

ESL 563

TESOL Practicum

3 credit hours

Master’s in TESOL (No ESL Certification)

EDU 531

Contemporary Issues - Edu

3 credit hours

ESL 512

Teaching English Learners

3 credit hours

EDU 533

Differentiated Instruction

3 credit hours

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EDU 548

Reading - Content Area

3 credit hours

EDU 552

Best Practices/Effective Teaching

3 credit hours

ESL 553

Technology Integration - Classroom

3 credit hours

ESL 560

Language and Culture

3 credit hours

ESL 561

Applied Linguistics for TESOL

3 credit hours

ESL 562

TESOL Instructional Methods/Assessment

3 credit hours

ESL 598

Educational Research/Design

3 credit hours

ESL 599

Master's Project

3 credit hours

Master’s in TESOL (With ESL Certification)

EDU 531

Contemporary Issues - Edu

3 credit hours

ESL 512

Teaching English Learners

3 credit hours

EDU 533

Differentiated Instruction

3 credit hours

- or -

EDU 548

Reading - Content Area

3 credit hours

EDU 552

Best Practices/Effective Teaching

3 credit hours

- or -

ESL 553

Technology Integration - Classroom

3 credit hours

ESL 560

Language and Culture

3 credit hours

ESL 561

Applied Linguistics for TESOL

3 credit hours

EDU 562

TESOL Instructional Methods/Assessment

3 credit hours

ESL 563

TESOL Practicum

3 credit hours

ESL 598

Educational Research/Design

3 credit hours

ESL 599

Master's Project

3 credit hours

Exit Assessments

  • Successful defense of master’s thesis (master’s project on action research)
  • Electronic Portfolio
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$515 per credit hour

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6-14 credits per semester

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Wilson College Online is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. We’re proud to offer online courses at $515 per credit hour as a private college. Plus, our dedicated financial services team will help you along the way.

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What You Need for Admission

Please submit the following materials:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from your degree-granting college or university—must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions
  • Copy of teaching certificate

Graduate Education Entrance Requirements

Certified pre-K-12 teachers will meet the entrance requirements as delineated below. Admission is competitive, and space is limited. Interested students should apply early. Degree program admission is based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Provisional admission can be offered to certain students based on an internal application review by program directors.
  • Submission of required application credentials (See application procedures above.)
  • A current certification for eligibility to teach in pre-K through 12th grade—preferred but not required

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