Program Description

Prepare to teach English in the United States and abroad with culturally responsive and asset-based frameworks through George Mason University’s School of Education online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Our program equips students with the expertise to create inviting classroom environments and engaging English instruction, all while drawing on bi/multilingual learners’ cultural, linguistic, and experiential backgrounds. Mason’s online TESOL master’s degree program empowers graduates to effectively teach English learners across a variety of contexts around the world.

Join an international community of educators! Graduates of Mason’s online master’s in TESOL become part of a worldwide community of like-minded scholars and practitioners dedicated to building culturally responsive and engaging learning environments for English learners globally.

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Program Summary

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Program: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in TESOL

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

Mason’s fully online master’s in TESOL is designed for current or future educators looking to advance the scope of their English-teaching abilities in a flexible, accommodating, and part-time program. In as little as two years, students can gain the tools to design interactive learning experiences that build multilingual learners’ English language and literacy practices across modalities. As a result, graduates with Mason’s online TESOL master’s degree are equipped with the expertise for teaching English in the United States and internationally.

While the online TESOL master’s is not a U.S. state licensure program, graduates of this degree will be prepared for the PRAXIS-English to Speakers of Other Languages exam for PK-12 teaching.

Why choose Mason?

Mason’s online master’s in TESOL offers students unique learning opportunities. Students will be able to:

  • Engage with high quality faculty with extensive ESOL and online teaching expertise.
  • Benefit from being part of a renowned university and program recognized by TESOL International Association.
  • Participate in innovative online teaching and learning experiences.
  • Gain expertise to design and deliver engaging, relevant English instruction.
  • Learn strategies to incorporate digital tools in the design of instruction and assessments.
  • Be a part of an international community of TESOL alumni.

Program requirements for the online master’s in TESOL are subject to change.

Requirements: 30 total credits

As an online program designed for part-time students, Mason’s online TESOL master’s degree program accommodates those balancing work and family schedules.

Required Courses

EDCI 580: Human Development and Learning
EDCI 581: Understanding Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
EDCI 582: Foundations in Language and Literacy
EDCI 583: Research and Practice with Bi-Multilingual Learners
EDCI 584: Linguistics for TESOL Professionals
EDCI 585: TESOL Methodology
EDCI 586: Assessment in English Language Teaching
EDCI 587: Content Literacy in English Language Teaching
EDCI 588: Consultation and Collaboration in Educational Settings
EDCI 589: Cultural and Linguistic Inquiry in TESOL

In order to complete the degree, students must receive credit for all these courses. Mason’s online master’s TESOL program requires no elective course credit for graduation.

Tuition & Fees (2020-2021):
Tuition for Mason’s online master’s in TESOL is $805 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning Fee.

Financial Aid:
For information on grants, scholarships, and loans, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Graduates of our online master’s in TESOL are employed in a variety of positions in the field of English teaching in both public and private institutions and for PK-12 and adult learners, such as:

  • PK-12 public schools, private schools, and international schools
  • University intensive English programs
  • Community college programs for English learners
  • Community-based adult education and literacy programs for immigrants and refugees
  • Governmental agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private language institutes
  • Corporate language training
  • Programs for English for academic purposes

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request For Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.

Phone: 703-348-5006
Email: online2@gmu.edu

How do I apply?

Mason’s online master’s in TESOL requires no prerequisite degree in any specific discipline. Our students come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Applicants should have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA in their bachelor’s degree program.

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee

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International applicants must satisfy a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score.