2019 Accredited Online ESL Teaching Programs

Quick Facts
Accreditation: CEA
Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $25,189
Avg Salary: $58,657

There are 153 online colleges and universities offering English as a Second Language (ESL) degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. Many of these degrees will lead to an ESL teaching certification. In addition to a comprehensive list of all accredited online schools offering ESL degrees, we highlight the best online master's in ESL programs. These schools were ranked based on their tuition costs and the salaries of alumni, provided by PayScale.

When choosing an ESL degree program, prospective students should check to make sure it is accredited. Students should look to make sure that their school has both regional and programmatic accredition so they can ensure they are receiving an education that will prepare them for their future careers.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - ESL Degrees ( 151)

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Full List Accreditation Annual Tuition Recommend Rate
Full List (151)
American Public University System HLC $6,880 71% (146 reviews)
462 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teaching - English Language Learners
Arizona State University HLC $15,691 - $27,372 71% (88 reviews)
223 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Grad Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • MA in English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)
Ashford University WASC WSCUC $10,632 - $13,400 67% (646 reviews)
212 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • BA/Education Studies - English Language Learner Studies Specialization
  • BA/English Language Learner Studies
  • MA/Education - English Language Learner Specialization
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
129 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult Education and English Language Teaching
  • Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL
  • M.Ed. in English for Speakers of Other Languages
Austin Peay State University SACS COC $23,153 50% (2 reviews)
60 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Ball State University HLC $25,942 100% (4 reviews)
160 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • License in English as a New Language
  • Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education - English as a New Language
Bethel University - IN HLC $28,030 Add Review
34 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • English as a New Language Licensure
Biola University WASC WSCUC $38,448 Add Review
45 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in TESOL
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
Boise State University NWCCU $22,642 100% (1 review)
49 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in English as a New Language (K-12) and Bilingualism
Boston University NECHE $52,082 100% (2 reviews)
87 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Teaching - English as a Second Language Education
Brenau University SACS COC $28,510 Add Review
92 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • ESOL Endorsement - Graduate
  • ESOL Endorsement - Undergraduate
Buena Vista University HLC $32,854 100% (2 reviews)
34 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction: Teaching English as a second language
California University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $15,326 80% (15 reviews)
108 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education in English as a Second Language with Certificate
Campbellsville University SACS COC $25,400 50% (2 reviews)
77 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Teaching Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL)
Canisius College MSCHE $36,454 100% (2 reviews)
25 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Certification
  • Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Non-Certification
Capella University HLC $14,250 65% (582 reviews)
232 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • MS - English Language Learning and Teaching
Carson-Newman University SACS COC $27,400 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - TESL/International
Central Washington University NWCCU $22,010 100% (1 review)
45 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in English Language Learner
City University of Seattle NWCCU $16,920 54% (28 reviews)
67 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education in Adult Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Coastal Carolina University SACS COC $25,872 Add Review
15 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in ESOL
College of Saint Elizabeth MSCHE $33,131 Add Review
6 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certification in ESL
Colorado State University Global Campus HLC $9,000 55% (60 reviews)
219 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • MS - Teaching and Learning - English Language Learning (ELL)
Columbia International University SACS COC $22,390 100% (1 review)
73 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Program 1
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Program 2
  • Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Columbia University in the City of New York MSCHE $57,208 Add Review
87 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Advanced Certificate in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Concordia University - Portland NWCCU $30,270 55% (49 reviews)
56 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English Language Development
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL
  • Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate Program
Concordia University - Wisconsin HLC $28,600 67% (3 reviews)
100 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • Licensure in ESL
  • Licensure in ESL/Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning: ESL Licensure
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning: ESL/Bilingual Licensure
Creighton University HLC $38,750 100% (3 reviews)
75 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas - English as a Second Language (ESL)
Dallas Baptist University SACS COC $27,480 Add Review
164 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language
  • Master of Arts in Global Leadership - English as a Second Language
Dominican University HLC $32,530 Add Review
45 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in Bilingualism
  • Endorsement in English as a Second Language
Drexel University MSCHE $52,002 60% (5 reviews)
320 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Advanced Studies - Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Duquesne University MSCHE $36,394 25% (4 reviews)
35 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - English as a Second Language
East Carolina University SACS COC $23,420 100% (4 reviews)
120 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Eastern Kentucky University SACS COC $18,250 33% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • English as a Second Language P-12 Endorsement Preparation
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus HLC $11,788 100% (3 reviews)
71 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - Bilingual Education
  • Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - English as a Second Language
Eastern Oregon University NWCCU $19,682 80% (5 reviews)
57 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement
  • MS in Education - English for Speakers of Other Languages
Eastern University MSCHE $32,145 Add Review
32 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Certification in ESL Program Specialist (K-12)
  • Master of Education in TESOL
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $14,668 100% (2 reviews)
30 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in ESL Specialist
  • Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction - ESL (English as a Second Language)
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
65 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in TESOL
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology - TESOL
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus MSCHE $39,446 Add Review
45 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • English as a Second Language Certification
Florida Atlantic University SACS COC $17,276 100% (4 reviews)
51 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with TESOL Specialization
Gannon University MSCHE $30,932 Add Review
14 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate English as a Second Language Program Specialist (ESL)
George Mason University SACS COC $34,370 Add Review
58 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
The George Washington University MSCHE $53,518 75% (4 reviews)
134 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • MA in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Georgetown College SACS COC $37,160 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in English as a Second Language (P-12)
Georgia Southern University SACS COC $17,142 Add Review
70 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education Endorsement
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL/Applied Linguistic
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
62 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
  • ESOL Endorsement
  • M.Ed. in Reading, Language and Literacy (ESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 52% (416 reviews)
220 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • BS in Elementary Education - English as a Second Language
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Hamline University HLC $40,332 Add Review
17 Programs, 6 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in Adult ESL
  • Certificate in Advanced TEFL
  • Certificate in English as a Second Language Additional License (K-12)
  • Certificate in ESL for Mainstream Teachers
Huntington University HLC $25,540 Add Review
15 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Ministry and TESOL
  • Master of Education in TESOL
  • Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL/EL
Indiana State University HLC $19,452 88% (8 reviews)
79 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
Indiana University - Bloomington HLC $34,845 100% (1 review)
67 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teacher Preparation
  • Graduate Certificate in EFL/ESL Teaching
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $8,066 - $17,329 75% (4 reviews)
97 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Lamar University SACS COC $18,274 60% (10 reviews)
50 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with specialization in ESL
Lesley University NECHE $26,675 Add Review
53 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructions - Elementary Education Generalist (1-6): English Language Learners
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology - Non-Licensure: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Education in Individually Designed Program for Educators -Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 59% (247 reviews)
562 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • BS: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • CERT: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • MA: Teaching English as Second Language
Louisiana State University - Shreveport SACS COC $20,320 100% (3 reviews)
28 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • M. Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: English as a Second Language
Malone University HLC $29,900 Add Review
19 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in TESOL (K-12)
Marshall University HLC $17,856 Add Review
41 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching English as a Second Language
Mercer University SACS COC $36,000 Add Review
51 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Early Childhood Education - ESOL Endorsement
  • Endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Messiah College MSCHE $34,160 Add Review
40 Programs, 5 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Bilingual Education and TESOL
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Online Instruction
Michigan State University HLC $39,406 100% (3 reviews)
93 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum - ELL/ESL
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum - K-12 English as a Second Language Specialization
Minnesota State University-Moorhead HLC $15,878 Add Review
49 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - TESOL
Missouri State University HLC $14,746 0% (1 review)
55 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language
Morehead State University SACS COC $13,426 Add Review
54 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement
Murray State University SACS COC $23,820 Add Review
66 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • ESL Certificate Endorsement for Kentucky Teachers
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
Newman University HLC $29,200 Add Review
20 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Licensure in ESOL Endorsement
  • Master of Science in Education - ESOL Curriculum and Instruction
North Carolina State University SACS COC $27,406 67% (3 reviews)
110 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • License in English as a Second Language Add-On
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (214 reviews)
266 Programs, 5 in ESL (view all)
  • Doctor of Education - English Second Language
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language
  • Master of Education - English Second Language
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language
Northeastern University NECHE $49,497 100% (10 reviews)
314 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Northern Arizona University HLC $24,841 72% (18 reviews)
159 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education: ESL and Bilingual Education - Bilingual
  • Master of Education: ESL and Bilingual Education - ESL
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement - Arizona Department of Education
Northwest University NWCCU $30,320 Add Review
20 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education - English Language Learner
Northwestern State University of Louisiana SACS COC $18,710 100% (2 reviews)
116 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in English as a Second Language
Notre Dame of Maryland University MSCHE $36,070 Add Review
14 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Initial K–12 Certification
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Post-Secondary Education
  • Post-Master's Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Ohio State University-Main Campus HLC $29,696 Add Review
51 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Core Practices in World Language Education
Ohio University-Main Campus HLC $21,360 67% (3 reviews)
92 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Endorsement in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Old Dominion University SACS COC $27,900 80% (10 reviews)
153 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Olivet Nazarene University HLC $34,940 9% (22 reviews)
43 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Bilingual Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language and Bilingual Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement
Oregon State University NWCCU $29,457 43% (7 reviews)
154 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Pacific University NWCCU $42,594 Add Review
3 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • ESOL Endorsement
Post University Online NECHE Not Provided 36% (89 reviews)
125 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education / TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Purdue University - Main Campus HLC $28,794 75% (4 reviews)
81 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)
  • MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Learning
Quincy University HLC $27,770 Add Review
8 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Curriculum/Instruction – Bilingual/ESL
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 50% (14 reviews)
459 Programs, 5 in ESL (view all)
  • B.A. in English - Secondary English Education
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Adult Education-Collegiate
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - K-12
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - K-12 Track
Roosevelt University HLC $28,963 100% (2 reviews)
28 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • MA in Teaching and Learning - Bilingual/ESL Education
Rowan University MSCHE $21,890 100% (1 review)
52 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language
Rutgers University MSCHE $30,579 67% (3 reviews)
79 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Adult and Continuing Education - Adult ESL and Literacy Education
Sacred Heart University NECHE $39,820 0% (1 review)
19 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • English as a Second Language Certificate Program
Saint Joseph's University MSCHE $43,880 Add Review
55 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Certificate in English as a Second Language Endorsement (K-12)
Saint Xavier University HLC $33,380 Add Review
44 Programs, 4 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in Bilingual Education
  • Endorsement in ESL
  • MA in Education - Dual Endorsement (LBS I and Bilingual/ESL)
  • MA in Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
65 Programs, 2 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Second Language Instruction
  • Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Southeast Missouri State University HLC $12,720 100% (1 review)
62 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Undergraduate Certificate
  • K-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) DESE Certification
  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Southeastern University SACS COC $25,360 100% (1 review)
37 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Southern Arkansas University HLC $12,156 100% (2 reviews)
41 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Endorsement in T.E.S.O.L.
Southern Utah University NWCCU $20,288 100% (1 review)
42 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Southwestern College - KS HLC $28,750 100% (1 review)
52 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Spring Arbor University Online HLC $27,750 Add Review
55 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
  • Master of Arts in TESOL - Adolescent and Adult Education
  • Master of Arts in TESOL - K-12 (With ESL Endorsement)
St. John's University MSCHE $40,520 Add Review
32 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Advanced Certificate in TESOL
  • Master of Science in Education TESOL
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Stephen F. Austin State University SACS COC $17,676 Add Review
67 Programs, 5 in ESL (view all)
  • Bilingual Supplemental Certification
  • ESL Supplemental Certification
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education - All-Level Professional Reading Specialist Certification (ESL/Bilingual)
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education - Content Emphasis Graduate Program (ESL/Bilingual)
Texas A & M University-Commerce SACS COC $20,884 86% (7 reviews)
50 Programs, 1 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics - TESOL
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
118 Programs, 3 in ESL (view all)
  • Master of Education in Bilingual Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - English as a Second Language
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - English as a Second Language

Online ESL Degree Overview & Career Information

The training involved in becoming an ESL instructor depends on the academic level that the individual wishes to teach. To teach English as a second language at the elementary and secondary level requires the same certification that is required for any teacher- a minimum of a bachelor’s degree as well as state certification. To teach adult literacy and GED classes, one needs a bachelor's or master's degree, but not necessarily a certification. Doctoral degrees in ESL are also available, though this level is only required for those who want to teach at the university level or go into research.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in ESL

A bachelor's degree is the minimum amount of education needed in order to become a certified ESL teacher. Those interested in this career can attend a bachelor's program that is specifically aimed at training students to become ESL teachers, or they can earn a bachelor's in Education or a subject area such as English and then pursue an ESL certificate once they have graduated. Students in an education-focused bachelor's degree will usually have to complete supervised student teaching. A bachelor's degree will take around four years to complete around 120 credit hours of study. Classes that a student might take during this program of study include Structure of the English Language, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Linguistics, and Modern Grammar. In order to be admitted to a bachelor's program an applicant will need to have at least a high school diploma or GED.

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Online Master's in ESL

A master's degree can be appropriate for aspiring teachers that have a non-education related undergraduate degree, or teachers who wish to gain more education in order to better serve their students. Programs typically take two years to complete, requiring 30 credits in coursework. To learn more about online master's programs in ESL, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Doctoral Degrees in ESL

Depending on an individual's goals, an online doctoral degree in teaching ESL may be an appropriate option. A doctorate prepares students to work in leadership roles within the field of education, as well as careers teaching the next generation of educators at the university level, or conducting their own research. The length of time it takes to earn a doctorate will vary, but students should expect to spend at least three to four years on their studies. In order to be admitted to a doctoral program a student will need to have completed a master's degree in a similar field. Other typical requirements include letters of recommendation, work experience in the field, and a written statement going over the applicant's research goals.

This level of program will be made up of traditional coursework as well as performing research and writing a dissertation. Classes that a doctoral student might take include Interlanguage Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching, Language Teacher Education, and Curriculum Design.

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Online Certificates in ESL

There are many online options available to those looking to earn a certificate in teaching English as a second language. An online ESL teaching certificate program can be found at various universities, and most are available at the graduate-level. A certificate program will typically take a year or two to complete. Some schools allow students to complete this type of certificate while also working on a graduate degree in education.

A certificate by itself is not enough to qualify a graduate to gain teaching licensure but those with just a certificate may be able to find work teaching in private settings, like private language schools or businesses. Teachers who already have licensure may wish to earn this type of certificate in order to teach a wider variety of classes and students. Students will learn how to create lessons and develop the skills they need to effectively teach ESL learners of various ages how to speak, read, and write English.

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Requirements for becoming an ESL teacher

As with any teaching profession, those who work as ESL teachers in the Pre-K through 12th grade setting will need to be licensed. Licensing varies from state to state, but usually an aspiring ESL teacher will need at least a bachelor's degree. They will also have to go through teacher training, either as part of their undergraduate program or during a master's or certification course, and student teaching will be required. A certification test will also likely be required.

ESL is also widely known as ELL (English Language Learners), so a student who is interested in teaching ESL will also find value in ELL programs. However, it should be noted that earning a degree in ESL and becoming a licensed ESL teacher is different from earning a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or similar certificate on its own. This type of certificate will qualify an individual to teach English overseas in private language institutes, but not in public schools in the United States. Program descriptions should be read carefully.

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The Importance of Accreditation for ESL Programs

One thing to keep in mind when choosing a degree program is accreditation. One important type of accreditation is regional accreditation, which is the most highly regarded and most widely accepted accreditation for higher education institutions. Regional accreditation means that the school has been evaluated by an outside organization which has determined that the school meets certain educational standards. This type of accreditation is important for a variety of reasons, including that credits earned through that school will transfer to other schools and also that students will have access to federal financial aid.

Another important type of accreditation is programmatic accreditation. This is when an organization specializing in a particular subject accredits programs that teach that subject. For many years, NCATE, or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, was the main professional accreditation agency for education programs, along with The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). As of July 1, 2013, NCATE and TEAC merged to form The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP uses a set of five Standards to evaluate programs, with criteria including the quality of the professors and the kinds of practical experiences, such as student teaching, that a student has access to. Those who wish to become an ESL teacher should find a program that has received programmatic accreditation from CAEP or NCATE, because this will give them assurance that they are receiving a quality education that will prepare them for their future careers.

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