What can you do with a master's in TESOL degree?

By the time you graduate, you will:

  • Understand universal components of language. (TE1)
  • Gain exposure to current language acquisition theory. (TE2)
  • Understand theoretical foundations and practical approaches for teaching each skill area. (TE3)
  • Skillfully employ a wide variety of teaching techniques. (TE4)
  • Design curriculum for language courses. (TE5)
  • Understand the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and educational contexts in which English is taught around the world. (TE6)

Common career paths

With Multnomah's MA in TESOL, you'll be prepared to: 

  • Teach English in the U.S. to refugees and immigrants at colleges or through community-based programs.
  • Teach international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Teach abroad in elementary and secondary educational settings, universities, language schools and multinational corporations.
  • Develop community or church-based language programs in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Pursue a doctoral program in applied linguistics or education.

Job outlook

“Given the broad geographic spread of English, and the variety of world Englishes being spoken globally, English is seen less and less as a 'foreign' language, and more as an additional language. In other words, learning English is no longer viewed as something optional, but essential. English has become the most widely taught language in the world.”
– TESOL Position Statement on English as a Global Language (2008)

Whether students are looking to teach overseas or in the US, the demand for highly trained English language teachers is on the rise. As the discipline of English language teaching has expanded its horizons, there is a great demand, not just for teachers, but for highly qualified and trained professionals who can implement best practices in diverse classrooms and help their students achieve success.  

Student stories

  • Bernie Bernardo was equipped to teach at a Portland college and a local prep school.
  • Tirzah Allen is combining her love of English and travel, and this program is the perfect launching pad.