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Online MA in TESOL

In our online master’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), you’ll open the door to a world of opportunity for refugees, immigrants, international students and other English language learners. You’ll deepen your understanding of the connections between culture and language as you learn from experienced teachers. And by the time you graduate, you’ll be prepared to teach in colleges, universities, mission organizations and language schools across the globe.

Program details

  • 39 credit hours in length, with 8-week terms
  • Complete in about 24 months
  • Program includes 30 weeks of practice teaching
  • View the full list of online courses here

What you’ll learn

Every course in our program addresses the following five core dimensions. Certain courses have a stronger focus on one dimension over the others, but you will be able to grow substantially in each area throughout your online TESOL coursework at MU.

Linguistic Knowledge

This involves learning the patterns and pieces of language—grammar, pronunciation, morphology, semantics, syntax, phonetics, phonology, etc. Skills in linguistics better equip you to teach language and learn language.

Pedagogical Skill

This involves the principles and practices of teaching language. We study how languages are learned and how to utilize a communicative language teaching approach to optimize student learning and progress in the classroom. You’ll learn practical skills like how to plan lessons, units and curriculum, as well as make assessments.

Cultural Competency

This dimension acknowledges the diversity among learners of English and equips you to identify key cultural dimensions that may play out in classroom behaviors, learners’ expectations and learners’ beliefs. We also address the connections between culture and language by studying sociocultural linguistics. This allows us to explore the issue of carefully and appropriately infusing cultural awareness into language lessons.

Professional Development

This involves connecting you to professional organizations and resources to help you continue learning and growing in your craft, even after you finish the program. We engage in research projects as well as networking projects designed to help you grow as a professional English teacher. Throughout your coursework you set up an online portfolio in which you keep an annotated bibliography of resources. These websites are shared among your classmates so you can continually help each other beyond the time frame of the program. This also becomes a clickable link on your cover letters as you apply for jobs. Prospective employers can access this to view your lesson plans, CV and resources.

Spiritual Formation

This dimension is one of our distinctives at Multnomah. We want to help our students be able to connect who they are in Christ with who they are in the classroom and process what that means in a variety of contexts and cultures. We examine issues of ethics and advocacy as we explore what it means to teach a language of power while rooted in a gospel of humility.

Where our alumni are teaching

  • Alaska
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Thailand
Marcus Krause

was made at Multnomah

“My experiences with professors at Multnomah have been incredible. They are really my favorite part of the school. The professors I’ve had have cared deeply about my success in their class and cared deeply about helping me in my walk with Christ.”