15 Fastest Master’s in TESOL Online 2020

This article will highlight accelerated online master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree programs for 2020.

A fast online master’s degree in TESOL will qualify students to enter a wide variety of employment situations. ESL teachers are increasingly in demand in elementary, middle and secondary education; American universities actively recruit foreign students, many of whom will require English instruction; and many international businesses employ English language teachers to enable smooth communication in a cross cultural workplace. Add to these options the fact that there are English language teaching opportunities both domestically and in countries around the world, and you can see that this is a profession that will expand the career options for graduating students.

While a typical master’s degree takes around two years to complete, by making efficient use of summer semesters, J-terms, and other innovative formats that certain ESL programs have developed, some of the fastest online master’s in TESOL programs have been able to reduce that time considerably. Typical online TESOL master’s degrees include classes that focus on linguistics and the English language; curriculum development and teaching techniques; and educational research.

For this listing, we have included online TESOL master’s degrees from non-profit universities and ranked them primarily by the amount of time the degree can be completed in and secondarily by the cost of the program.

Fastest Online Master’s in TESOL Programs

15. Hamline University

Online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

St.Paul, MN

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The TESOL online master’s program at Hamline University allows the student to earn their degree while choosing an area of concentration–either teaching adults or K-12. The program consists of 36 total credits, made up of 28 core credits and 8 concentration credits. This program can be completed in as little as 20 months, and offers 3 convenient entry times each year.

Tuition: $527 per credit

14. University of Maryland Baltimore County

Online Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Baltimore, MD

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UMBC offers an online master’s degree in TESOL through the Department of Education in cooperation with the departments of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communications. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months when taking courses in the summer as well as fall and spring. In addition to the required 36 credits, students have the option of adding on a K-12 certification. The program offers 3 convenient entry times each year.

Tuition: In-state – $13,968

Out of state – $22,230

13. Kennesaw State University

Online Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Marietta, GA

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Kennesaw State was ranked among the nation’s best online programs in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. Their TESOL master’s online program usually takes 2 years to complete, but can be finished in as little as 18 months. Individuals in this program receive an ESL endorsement after their first two semesters. They accept new applicants for their TESOL master’s program online exclusively in the fall.

Tuition: $383 per credit

12. Wilson College

Online M.Ed in TESOL

Chambersburg, PA

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Wilson College offers a 30 credit online TESOL master’s program that can be completed in as little as 18 months. It offers convenient program entry, as there is no specific course sequence, so the student can begin at any time. The program offers the option of a TESOL master’s online either with or without additional certification. As a financial help, there are no additional course fees, and the student has the option to defer payment until the end of the course for a small fee.

Tuition: $15,000

11. Azusa Pacific University

Online Master of Arts in TESOL

Azusa, CA

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Azusa Pacific University’s online M.A. in TESOL is designed to allow students to accumulate 33 program units and complete the program in one and a half years. The coursework is arranged in an asynchronous structure which allows students to create their own schedule. The online program follows a cohort model, which allows students to connect to a community of APU classmates.

Tuition: $17,112

10. Carson-Newman Univerity

Online Master of Education with emphasis on Teaching ESL

Jefferson City, TN

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The online Master of Education with an emphasis on Teaching ESL program at Carson Newman University can be completed in as little as 18 months. Students enrolled in the fully online program reach the required 36 credit hours by completing one course every 8 weeks though the fall and spring semesters and adding in 4 more courses over the summer. A hybrid program is also available in which the program’s core courses have the additional component of a weekly face-to-face class.

Tuition: $8,780

9. Travecca Nazarene University

Online Master of Education with emphasis on Teaching ESL

Nashville, TN

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The TESOL master’s online program at Trevecca Nazarene was named one of the top 50 online ELL programs in the country in 2019 by onlinemasters.com. It is a four semester program designed for currently licensed teachers, but can be completed in three semesters if the endorsement classes are taken in the summer. There are 30 total required credit hours, and the program can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Tuition: $13,050

8. Biola University

Master of Arts in TESOL Online

La Mirada, CA

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Biola University offers an online MA in TESOL consisting of 36 credit hours. These credits come from both TESOL focused classes, as well as a few required Bible courses. A full time student can complete the program in four semesters, with three yearly entry points available. Students registering for the Biola online TESOL program will automatically receive one-third tuition deduction from the normal rate of $633 per credit hour.

Tuition: $633 per credit

7. The New School

Online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

New York, NY

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The 30-credit TESOL master’s degree at the New School can be completed entirely online, and was listed by U.S. News and World Report among the top online graduate programs in education in 2013. The program consists of 30 credits, and a full time student can complete the degree in as little as a year, while a part time student can finish in just 20 months. Each individual has the option of a concentration in either teaching or curriculum development.

Tuition: $1,615 per credit

6. Concordia University – Chicago

Online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Chicago, IL

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The TESOL master’s program at Concordia University prepares the student for teaching both adults and children. There are 30 required credit hours for the online program, and it can be completed in either 12 or 24 months. During the program, each student is required to complete a practicum, in which they observe and then teach a class of non-native English speakers, fostering classroom readiness.

Tuition: $8,910 per year

5. University of Southern California

Online Master of Arts in Teaching – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Los Angeles, CA

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University of Southern California offers an online master’s degree in TESOL using the same curriculum and instructional approach as is offered at the Los Angeles campus. The students can enter the program in January, May, or September, and choose to pursue the degree either full time or part time. The full time student will complete four 15-week terms, which can be done in as little as one year. The online TESOL master’s program requires a minimum of 24 credits.

Tuition: $46,272 ($1,928 per credit)

4. Eastern University

Online Master of Education in TESOL

St. Davids’s, PA

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The TESOL master’s online program at Eastern University is a 30-credit program that can be completed in as little as 12 months. It offers an individualized study program for each student, waiving any courses that have been previously completed by the student. ESL specialist certification coursework is embedded into the curriculum for the master’s degree. New students are accepted into the program in August, January, May and June. There are 30 total required credit hours to complete the course.

Tuition: $725 per credit

3. Wilmington University

Online Master of Arts in Teaching – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

New Castle, DE

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Wilmington University’s online M.S. in TESOL is an 11-course, 33-credit program. The program offers a seven-week accelerated program to fast track your TESOL degree, allowing completion in as little as a year. Classes begin every 8 weeks making it easy to enter. This institution calculates tuition on a per credit basis and will transfer academic credits from an existing TESOL certificate, saving even more time and money. Students benefit from Wilmington University’s low in-state tuition, regardless of their state of residence. The degree combines fieldwork with courses such as Technology and Language Learning to learn the most up-to-date and relevant TESOL skills from faculty who are active in the field.

Tuition: $8,636

2. University of Southern Maine

Master of Science in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Online

Portland, ME

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The University of Southern Maine offers an MSEd in TESOL online that can be completed in as little as 10 months. This program has an accommodating schedule with multiple start dates per year and consists of 10 courses and 30 credits. It can be completed entirely online, is based in literary theory, and teaches both pedagogical theory and practices, equipping the student for classroom readiness in less than a year.

Tuition: $12,900

1. Western Governors University

Online Master’s in English Language Learning

Salt Lake City, UT

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Western Governors University’s online TESOL master’s program was recognized by the National Council on Teaching Quality as the #1 Best Value for US teaching programs in 2015. This TESOL online program is for those who already have a teacher’s license. It can be completed in anywhere from six months to a year, depending on what material the student has already covered. For students who can take advantage of this, this makes it the fastest online master’s degree in TESOL. Tuition for this program is charged per term instead of per credit, and a 6 month term costs $3,240.

Tuition: $3,240 per term

 

NPCO Staff
September 2019

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This concludes our ranking of the 15 fastest online master’s in TESOL degree programs for 2020.