Why earn an online master's degree in TESOL?

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Learn from highly qualified faculty with doctoral degrees and extensive experience in teaching English as a second language to immigrants, refugees and Native Americans in the United States and to children and adults overseas.

  • 100% online (asynchronous) master's degree program enables you to complete all of your coursework online at the time of day and place of your choice. You are not required to come to campus at any time.
  • Lower tuition costs than comparable online TESOL graduate programs.

Through online classrooms, you'll study coursework, complete exams, listen to lectures, and interact with fellow students. You can focus on general English Language Learners (ELL) or specialize in rural ELL/English as a Second Language (ESL) education. UND also hosts an optional live seminar related to TESOL each semester, either on the UND campus or in conjunction with a TESOL conference in the region. UND encourages, but does not require, all students to participate in these opportunities.

Online Master's in English Language Learning

  • The Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) recognizes that this program adheres to standards set by the International TESOL Association

  • Design and implement instruction that integrates English language development with academic learning.

  • Apply knowledge of linguistics and second language acquisition to instruction and assessment.

  • Address the needs of ELL/ESL students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Develop skills for teaching those whose first language isn't English with 90-hours of practicum experience. The site for this practicum can be near your home.

  • Instead of a thesis, you'll complete an independent study or a final project.

TESOL Careers


Median annual wage for adult literacy teachers. Those with master's degrees can expect to land on the high end of the range or earn a premium.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Reaching English Learners Act was introduced in 2018 to remedy the national shortage of EL teachers. 32 states report a shortage of teachers for English learners, making them unable to meet the students' needs.


ELL / ESL is a thriving field, and a master’s degree in English language learning will allow you to engage with your students in productive ways.

The master's degree provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach bilingual education, adult TESOL education and English abroad. You may teach at a public or private school, community college or community-based organization.

As a graduate, you'll be eligible for the North Dakota ELL teacher endorsement and may completely or partially fulfill ELL, ESL or TESOL endorsement requirements in other states.

Your proficiency will include understanding the complex linguistic, educational and cultural variables involved in teaching English language learners.

You'll be helping meet the growing need for ELL, ESL and TESOL educators, especially in rural areas. In addition, you'll become a collaborator, leader and advocate for ELL / ESL populations in schools and society.

TESOL Courses You Could Take Online

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Best Online Master's in TESOL Program

UND's TESOL program consistently ranks among the best for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. Through intensive coursework and a practicum, graduates emerge with the knowledge to apply new teaching methods in K-12 classrooms and community adult programs. 

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