Build a strong foundation in strategies to help English as a second language students excel in the classroom with Southeastern University’s MEd in TESOL online program.
The demand for effective educators who can help students with varying language abilities is increasing. Teachers who are prepared to meet the needs of English learners and will continue to be highly sought after in the U.S. and abroad. Through the program’s fully online format, you’ll have flexibility to complete your course work when it’s most convenient to you while learning from professors who have real-world experience.
Our online master’s in TESOL will prepare you with knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Foundational ESOL
- Quantitative and qualitative research in educational settings
- Methods for creating, adapting and using tools to assess language proficiency of English language learners
- Developing awareness and an understanding of different cultures
- Cross-cultural communication
- Approaches to language in context
- Issues of language and culture relevant to instruction English language learners
- Language uses, dialect and accent, language change and language endangerment
- Fundamental areas of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition)
Our professors embed their professional experiences into the curriculum, and with the program’s challenging course work, you’ll learn how to use concepts and strategies in real situations. Additionally, our faculty invest their time in their students, serving not only as professors, but as academic advisors and mentors as well.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
The online master’s in TESOL program’s core curriculum consists of 24 credits of study. Twelve credits of elective courses from the College of Education are also required.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MEd in TESOL program must:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited college or university OR
- Hold an official GRE score OR
- Have three years of teaching experience
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 5023 Curriculum and Diverse Learners This course acquaints teachers with the principles of the Understanding by Design curriculum development model attributed to McTighe and Wiggins. 3 EDUC 5113 Educational Research Candidates will become analytic consumers of qualitative and quantitative research and learn how to conduct research in educational settings. 3 TESL 5003 Developing Literacy with ELLs Through Applied Linguistics This course provides a critical understanding of instructional delivery which caters for the linguistic and literacy needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). This course provides students with the basis to negotiate issues of applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language varieties, multicultural communities, critical literacy, and reading development. The course explores language uses, dialect and accent, language endangerment, language change, and the core areas of linguistics research: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition. 3 TESL 5013 Foundations of Educating English Language Learners and Second Language Acquisition This course is a practical approach to teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) through an overview of historical development of and current best practices in curriculum, instructional methods and materials, testing and evaluation, cross-cultural communication processes, and principles of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and linguistics. The course examines issues of language and culture relevant to educating ELLs in the PK-12 setting. 3 TESL 5023 Cross-Cultural Communication and Education This course develops awareness and understanding of major cultures with emphasis on cross-cultural communication and understanding/meeting the special needs of PK-12 students from diverse cultural backgrounds including English Language Learners (ELLs). The course covers major approaches to language in context, such as ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and general linguistics applied to the classroom setting. The course explores the nature and role of culture, cultural groups, and cultural identities. 3 TESL 5033 Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners This course provides a study of methods and techniques of teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) across the curriculum in PK-12, focusing on incorporation of Language Arts content standards, literacy, and linguistic development. This course prepares educators to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction, assessment, and learning opportunities for English Language Learners (ELLs) in an inclusive educational setting. The course will engage with the political debates and resultant educational ramifications concerning bilingual education, dual language programs, ESOL education, as well as power and inequalities in language education. 3 TESL 5043 Assessment of English Language Learners and Legislation of English for Speakers of Other Languages This course provides methods for creating, adapting, and utilizing tools to assess language proficiency of PreK to adult English Language Learners (ELLs), including exceptional learners. The course includes a survey of legal issues/requirements related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs at the federal, state, and local levels. The course explores legal and instructional issues of assessment of ELLs, such as language screening and ESOL program placement and exit; linguistic and academic achievement; diagnostic and proficiency test instruments and analysis for measuring listening, speaking, reading, writing competencies; and, standards-based content area learning. 3 TESL 5053 Advanced Grammar for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages This course investigates grammar, including word formation processes (morphology) and sentence structure (syntax), in the world's languages. The course focuses on vocabulary and tools used to discover and describe patterns in human language. Course work emphasizes problem solving and working with a wide range of language data. Course topics include the nature of language, a survey of language families, the unity of languages and their diversity, regional linguistics, pidgins, Creoles, and international languages. The course studies the grammar of current English from the viewpoint of modern linguistics. 3
Choose any four graduate-level courses with an EDUC or ESED prefix from the College of Education.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$400|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
With our online master’s in TESOL, you’ll be prepared to teach English as a second language in a variety of educational settings. Some of the potential career outcomes include:
- Elementary Teacher
- Secondary Teacher
- Adult Language Instructor
- ESOL Program Director
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- We offer three 16-week semesters that are each broken into two eight-week terms. This allows you to focus on just one or two classes at a time, instead of four or five courses.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
Benefits of Learning Online
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