Teaching (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
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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.

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  • 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 ESOL Master's Program
  • Career Options
The Master of Science in Teaching with ESOL (TESOL) at PSU requires 33 graduate credit hours (11 courses total, including 6 ESOL courses and 5 Core Curriculum courses). All program courses are offered 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. 

Below are the 6 Graduate ESOL courses (required for the endorsement) with the semesters offered:

TCHL 851 Multicultural Approaches to Diversity in the Classroom Summer (June)

TCHL 852 Advanced Culture and Language Acquisition for ELLs  Summer (July)

TCHL 853 Advanced Assessment and the English Language Learner Spring

TCHL 854 Advanced Methods and Instructional Materials for ELLs Fall

ENGL 714 Applied Linguistics for English for Speakers of Other Languages Summer (June)

TCHL 855 Advanced Practicum with ELLs Fall *

(* taken last; TCHL854 can be a co-requisite, the rest are pre-requisites)

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
  • Pre K-12 ESOL program teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher
  • Community College or University Intensive English instructor

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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.

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