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Master of Arts in TESOL


Program Application

To Apply:

The online application for the 2021-2022 cohort will be available in September, 2020.

How to Access the Application:

Use the button below to access the application. When the application site prompts you for Program and Entry Term, choose "TESOL MA" from the drop down menu and Summer 2021 as the first enrollment term. See below for details about what the application entails.

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Domestic Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

International Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Early Consideration Deadline: February 1, 2020

"Early Consideration" means that if you submit an application by February 1, the Steering Committee can choose to admit you soon after that deadline, and you can then let us know as soon as possible that you will commit to the program. 

Program Cost

  • The cost of the full degree is a single price, $10,240
  • Payment will be divided and paid by the number of hours taken in each semester.
  • The cost per credit hour is approximately $320.
  • Books for the program's courses cost approximately $700.

Program Dates and Schedule Information

Program Dates: Each cohort begins in June and ends in August of the next year. All students go through the program together as a group, or cohort, taking the same classes at the same time, in the same order. 

32 Credit Hours: Nine 3-hour courses and a 5-hour internship course.

Classes typically start around 5:30 p.m. to accommodate students working full time. Some of the courses are taught in compressed formats (4 weeks or 5 weeks), and some of the courses may meet during weekends. All courses are taught face-to-face by OU faculty and/or ESL career professionals.

Order of Courses

Course NumberCourse Name
TESL 5123Second Language Acquisition Theory for ESL
TESL 5233ESL Methods
TESL 5113Phonetics for ESL
TESL 5143Structure of the English Language
TESL 5133General Linguistics for ESL
TESL 5433ESL Curriculum
TESL 5945Internship in TESOL (5 credit hours; 150 total hours required)
TESL 5333Understanding Cultures for ESL
TESL 5443ESL Testing and Assessment
TESL 5553Teaching ESL Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

Contact Information

The MA in TESOL Steering Committee consists of six individuals, and the program is housed within the Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Please do not hesitate to contact the Steering Committee members below if you have any questions.

Dr. Marcia Haag

Professor, Linguistics

Chair of MA TESOL Steering Committee

Cory Northern


Center for English as a Second Language

FAQs for the Master of Arts Degree with a Specialization in TESOL

A Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is the most widely-accepted degree for teaching English as a second language in U.S. intensive English language learning programs and other higher education programs as well as abroad. TESOL is an interdisciplinary field that provides theoretical linguistic and cultural knowledge as well as practical assessment and curriculum design skills.

The OU TESOL degree is a Regents-approved Master’s Degree, with a duration of 14-months. It is a full-time, on-campus master’s program that will train participants to teach English to second language learners in contexts such as Intensive English Programs (e.g., full-time language schools), in higher education institutions, language companies, and English as a Foreign Language settings (EFL). This is not a K-12 education program/degree and does not provide K-12 teaching certification.

This degree may be of interest to anyone who would like to teach ESL in the U.S. or EFL abroad. In particular, it may appeal to those with language and culture-oriented bachelor’s degrees. Students with bachelor’s degrees in Education, International and Area Studies, English, Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Anthropology, and Letters are excellent candidates for this degree. Students from disciplines such as these bring high levels of intellectual understanding and communication skills to any workplace, but they may not have immediate prospects in any one specific employment area.

During the admission process, the Steering Committee examines applicants' GPAs from previous degrees, statement of purpose, resume (if provided), and letters of recommendation for excellence, relevance, and appropriateness for the TESOL program. 

This flat-rate degree is priced at $10,240. The $10,240 will be divided by the number of credit hours per semester, and students will pay for the credit hours as they go, again by semester. The cost per credit hour is $320. Books, living expenses, and personal expenses are not included in the program cost, but there will be no other university-charged fees or costs beyond the $10,240. Books cost around $700 total for the program.

The next cohort's classes will begin in early June 2020. The application deadline is April 1, 2020 for domestic applicants; the deadline for international applicants is February 1, 2020 for visa processing purposes.

The 2021-2022 cohort's classes will begin in early June 2021. The application deadline is April 1, 2021 for domestic applicants; the deadline for international applicants is February 1, 2021 for visa processing purposes.

All students go through the program together as a group, or cohort, taking the same classes at the same time. This keeps the cost low and allows for the efficient completion of a high-caliber degree.

The online application for the cohort beginning in June of 2021 will be available in September of 2020. Click here to access the OU application homepage. When the application site prompts you for Academic Program and Major Selection, choose "Professional Master of Arts" under "Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics."

The application deadline is April 1, 2021 for domestic applicants, February 1, 2021 for international applicants.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Marcia Haag or Cory Northern with questions about the program.

  1. Official transcripts from all previous degree-granting institutions, including evidence of a completed bachelor’s degree. The MA in TESOL Steering Committee prefers GPAs from previous degrees to be above 3.0, but will consider applicants with lower GPAs if work and other relevant experience otherwise indicate likely success in the program and motivation to teach English.
  2. A statement of purpose and goals. The statement of purpose is your chance to tell the Steering Committee why you want to be part of this program, what your career goals are, and a little bit about yourself. It would also be appropriate to describe your experiences that have led you to this degree. Also, be sure to highlight relevant training and background that you have had for this degree's content.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. The strongest letters will be from those persons, typically faculty or direct supervisors, with whom you have worked most closely and most recently. Please ask your recommenders to be as specific as possible as to the aspects of your character and performance that could make you successful in this degree program. The committee appreciates a recent academic reference, if possible. 

This program is open to highly-advanced English users, for whom English is an additional language. Admission preference is given for applicants with a valid TOEFL composite score of 100 or higher or a valid composite IELTS score of 8.0 or higher. Remember that scores for these tests are valid for 2 years after the test date.

No, students will not be able to apply transfer work. Because this is a cohort program, all students will take all courses.

Because of the flat-rate pricing, tuition waivers, including faculty/staff waivers, will not apply to this program.