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.

Applicants for the online program should apply here.

Ranked #12 Best Online Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction Programs by U.S. News and World Report, 2023

Virtual Open House

The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who want to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Master of Education in TESOL, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Learning Online

Learning online in an asynchronous format means that you can complete your degree at times and in locations that are best for you. Avoid commute times or “traditional” classroom hours, so you can complete your degree and advance your career even if you travel for work, have kids at home, or keep a busy non-traditional schedule.

Coursework is delivered through a variety of prepared video lessons, readings, or engagement-oriented learning tasks that you’ll complete by predefined dates, but this doesn’t mean you’ll learn alone. You will participate in discussions with peers and faculty, and get to know each other personally, academically, and professionally.

Faculty act as mentors throughout your program to ensure you’re on the right path to meet your career goals. You’ll get to know them through discussions, one-on-one email correspondence, and their individualized feedback on your coursework.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: TESOL (MEd Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction)

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, asynchronous, 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.


In this TESOL master’s program, you will engage in fieldwork experiences that will contribute meaningfully to deep learning as a TESOL professional. As students in this program are located all over the world, it will be your responsibility to seek and arrange fieldwork experiences. These fieldwork experiences vary from observing in ESOL/EFL/EAL educational settings, interacting extensively with individual/small group English learners, and communicating/collaborating with TESOL professionals. These fieldwork experiences are directly linked to performance-based assessments throughout your TESOL master’s program.

There is a wide variety of fieldwork settings that can work in different courses.

  • PK-12 public or private schools
    • College/University settings
  • After school tutoring settings
  • Community-based language and literacy settings (e.g., adult education, heritage language settings)
  • Volunteer tutoring experiences (e.g., through programs in religious organizations, literacy programs, refugee support programs, and/or any organization connecting volunteers with English learners)
  • Personal connections with culturally and linguistically diverse acquaintances/families (for some courses)

Tuition & Fees (2023-2024):
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

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

Click here to apply today.

International applicants must satisfy a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score.