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Master of Arts in TESOL


Program Application

To Apply:

The online application for the 2022-2023 cohort is available - apply now!

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 2022 as the first enrollment term. See below for details about what the application entails.

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Domestic Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

International Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Early Consideration Deadline: February 1, 2022

"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 program cost for the 2022-2023 cohort is a single price - $10,240
  • This cost will be divided by the number of credit hours taken in each semester.
  • The cost per credit hour is approximately $320.
  • Books for the program's courses cost approximately $500.
  • The program cost is subject to change based on approval by the OU Board of Regents.

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 in person around 5:30 p.m. to accommodate students working full time. Some of the courses are taught in compressed formats (4 weeks), and some of the courses may meet on Saturdays. All courses are taught by OU faculty or ESL career professionals.

Order of Courses

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

Contact Information

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

Dr. Jie Zhang

Associate Professor of Chinese

MA in TESOL Committee Member and Faculty

Dr. Dylan Herrick

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Chair of the MA in TESOL Steering Committee

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 and community-based 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).

Note: 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 is an intensive program designed for working professionals, and all courses are scheduled to begin in person after 5:30pm, or, in rare cases, on Saturdays.  However, students must be aware that the program requires a significant time commitment to classes, homework, projects, and an internship.

For the 14-month duration of the program, students should expect to have class 3-4 nights per week, for roughly 3 hours per class, as described below. The program faculty are aware of the accelerated nature of the program, and they have built certain accommodations into their classes; however, students who are unable to attend classes because of their work schedules will be unable to continue in the program.

During both of the summer semesters, there are two courses that meet one at a time, 3-4 nights per week for 3-4 hours per meeting.

During the fall semester, there are 3 courses, with each course meeting one night per week for almost 3 hours per meeting. 

During the spring semester, there is one course that meets once per week, for almost 3 hours per meeting. In addition, students take the internship course and must complete approximately 10 hours per week at their internship sites.

During the May semester, we offer one 4-week course that meets 3-4 nights per week for 3-4 hours per meeting.

So, for the duration of the program, there will be a regular time commitment of 3-4 nights per week, 3-4 hours each night, plus assigned projects and homework.  

Students must maintain a work schedule that allows them to regularly attend classes and complete assigned work.  

We encourage applicants to consider their schedules and make necessary accommodations in their evenings and weekends to complete the courses and coursework. 

The program cost is currently $10,240. This cost is 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 program cost is subject to change based on approval of the OU Board of Regents.

The 2022-2023 cohort's classes will begin on June 13th, 2022. The application deadline is April 1, 2022 for domestic applicants; the deadline for international applicants is February 1, 2022 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 2022 is open. Click here to access the OU application homepage. When the application site prompts you for Program and Entry Term, choose "TESOL MA" from the drop down menu and Summer 2022 as the first enrollment term. 

The application deadline is April 1, 2022 for domestic applicants and February 1, 2022 for international applicants.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Jie Zhang or Dylan Herrick 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. 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, do not apply to this program.