Master's Degree Focused on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Multilingual Education Master of Arts degree program prepares leaders and advanced-practice teachers in language education. This Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) emphasis of the program prepares students with advanced knowledge, skills, and cross-cultural competencies to work with EFL students of all ages in international settings or non K-12 ESL (adult education) students in the United States.

Our students have opportunities throughout the program to engage in immersive learning  opportunities—whether designing curriculum for local schools or schools in another country, developing language assessments, or teaching in school, university, or community settings. Internships, practicum and/or student teaching in language education are available both in the U.S. and around the world.

The TESOL emphasis of this Multilingual Education Master of Arts degree is 30 credit hours. This online delivery can be completed in five academic terms (20 months) if you take both available courses each term.

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The Program & Enrollment Manager will share information about our online programs for licensed teachers and answer any questions you have.

3rd Monday each month, 2:00 PM Mountain Time
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Work in EFL and Adult ESL Education

The online program serves students around the U.S. and the world. Our graduates will become teachers and administrators in K-12 schools in other countries, and in universities and community colleges in the U.S. and around the world. Our program will also successfully prepare you for doctoral studies.

The Best Preparation for the Best Opportunities

A TESOL master's degree from UNC elevates your preparation and skill above those who hold TESL/TEFL certificates. Open up a world of opportunity with this degree.

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Coursework (30 Total Credit Hours)

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.


Comprehensive Exam

Candidates must successfully pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the master's degree program.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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