Teaching (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Online Master's Emphasis

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The Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is designed to prepare both licensed and non-licensed teachers to teach English to non-native English speakers in school settings in the United States and internationally. Licensed teachers who successfully complete the ESOL endorsement courses and earn a passing score on the ESOL Praxis examination can earn a Pre-K through Grade 12 endorsement to their teaching license no matter the grade level of the initial license. This program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.

Ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report



  • Total per credit hour


  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $12,870*
    ( $354 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 33 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2019-2020 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2019-2020 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Career Options

The master’s-level TESOL emphasis at PSU requires 33 graduate credit hours (6 ESOL courses and 5 Core Curriculum courses). All of the courses are available online. Students may choose to take the 6 ESOL courses first, earn the ESOL Endorsement teaching certificate, and then complete the 5 course classes in order to complete the master’s program. 

Options available for the degree include:

Option I: Thesis

This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

Option III: Coursework

This option requires completion of coursework that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field. Graduates with this graduate degree can be employed in a variety of settings:

  • Pre-school, Elementary, Middle level, or Secondary ESOL teacher in KS public school (teaching license required)
  • English Language Institutions in the US or Internationally
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher
  • Community College or University Intensive English instructor

About Teaching and Leadership Department

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

Pitt State has been ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The best online master's in education degree programs were chosen based on factors such as accreditation, admissions selectivity and academic and career support services offered to students.

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