2020 Best Online Master's Degrees in ESL

Updated March 9, 2020 | GTOS Staff
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The 17 online colleges on this list are the best value options for online master's programs in ESL, based on their tuition and alumni-reported salaries. At #1, Purdue University - Main Campus charges $13,000 per year for their MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Learning. At #15, Stephen F. Austin State University has the least expensive tuition on the list, charging only $6,060 per year for its Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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Online Master's in ESL Overview

Online master's degree programs in ESL are available to those who already have a teaching license and who want to add to their knowledge and skill set, as well as individuals who don't have a teaching background and who want to begin a career as an ESL teacher. This type of program will generally take two years to complete and will consist of around 30 credit hours of study. In order to be admitted to one of these programs an applicant will need to have earned a bachelor's degree, and depending on the program, this degree may or may not need to be in a related field. Depending on the nature of the program, the applicant may also need to have a teaching license and work experience in the field. Other typical admission requirements include letters of recommendation, an essay outlining the individual's career and educational goals, and a resume.

Classes that students may take include Language Structure and Acquisition, Linguistics, Language and Culture in the Classroom, and ESL for Children. Student teaching will also usually be required. After earning a master's degree, graduates will be qualified to work as an ESL teacher to students from Pre-K to the twelfth grade. Those who are looking to earn a master's as a way to become a licensed teacher will need to check with their state for any additional requirements.

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