Multnomah University


As an English teacher, you can open the door to a world of opportunity for refugees, immigrants, international students and other non-native speakers. You can open hearts to Christ as well. 

If God is leading you in that direction, consider our master’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Take classes that deepen your understanding of the Bible and edify your teaching skills. Gain invaluable experience as an educator in our on-campus ESOL program. And be prepared to teach in universities and colleges, mission organizations or language schools across the globe.

Program highlights

  • 37-semester hours in length
  • On-campus teaching practice through Multnomah’s Community ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program
  • Balance of the necessary theoretical and practical foundations for professional language teaching
  • Integration of faith and educational practice
  • Work skillfully with diverse student populations in the U.S. and around the world


  • Teach English in the U.S. to refugees and immigrants at community colleges and through community-based programs
  • Teach international students at colleges and universities
  • 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

Courses layout

  • LIN 515 General Linguistics,
  • LIN 516 Grammar for TESOL
  • LIN 545 Foundations of TESOL
  • LIN 555 Course and Curriculum Development
  • LIN 552 Teaching Oral &Written Communication
  • LIN 558 Community ESL: On-Campus Practicum
  • LIN 600 TESOL Internship (arranged)
  • LIN 554 Theories of Second Language Acquisition
  • LIN 561 TESOL Workshop
  • LIN 700 Thesis (optional)
  • EDU 504 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDU 506 Cultural Competency
  • IS 607 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • IS 701 Christian Theology & World Religions

Cost and financial aid

Current pricing can be found on the Graduate Program Financial Aid page. Books and other fees are not included in that price.

Applying to the MA in TESOL program

  • Have a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Submit an application with all required forms
  • Complete or have completed 12-semester hours of Bible and theology coursework*

*Bible and theology prerequisites can also be completed during the first year of the MA in TESOL program.

Learn more

You can meet the program director, visit classes and mingle with current students when you attend an MA in TESOL Information Session. For more details on the program or to receive an application by mail, contact the Admissions Department at 800.275.4672 or

Meet Your Professors

fall 2015 linguistics Courses:


LIN515 (01) Introduction to Linguistics Mrs. Kristi French
LIN545 (01) Foundations of ESOL/TESOL Ms. Kristyn Kidney
LIN555 (01) Course & Curriculum Development Mr. Michael Bess
LIN561 (01) TESOL Workshop Ms. Kristyn Kidney


Financial Aid Office

TESOL Department