Online M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Develop the skills needed to help students from diverse backgrounds understand English with the online M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree from Campbellsville University Online. The curriculum explores the mechanics of language and the importance of culture, preparing you to teach English as a second language (ESL) in the United States or English as a foreign language (EFL) abroad. After graduation, you’ll have qualifications for making a difference in the lives of English language learners.

Campbellsville’s professors offer valuable guidance and education to position you for success in rewarding career fields. Our affordable online programs are ideal if you want flexibility in how you learn or need to balance your work and family responsibilities.

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Equip Diverse Populations to Achieve

Campbellsville’s online TESOL program delves into linguistic concepts and vocabulary, examining connections between culture and language. You will also explore second language acquisition and teaching methods related to speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar. The program includes a practicum course to offer experience associated with English instruction and guidance from a TESOL faculty member. You can select a non-thesis (36 credit hours) or thesis (39 credit hours) option, and the online courses include:

Introduction to Linguistics

Learn basic linguistic concepts and vocabulary while studying the methodology of the science of language.

Language and Culture

Explore diversity in foundational belief systems and how people use language to express those systems.

Linguistic Phoenetics

Examine speech sounds and the linguistic methods employed in their description, classification and analysis within language systems.

Contrastive Analysis

Discover language universals with comparisons of natural language structural systems.

A Flexible Way to Achieve Your Goals

With our online programs, you can get the flexibility to thrive in your career and life while seeking a degree or certificate. You won’t have to attend campus — instead, you will log into an online learning environment to learn, complete assignments and interact with your instructors and peers. You’ll benefit from the same quality education students experience in person, only in a convenient format that we deliver directly to you.

Educate the Next Generation of ESL Students

More than 5 million students were English learners in 2019, accounting for 10.4% of all students.1 As an ESL educator in elementary, middle and high school, you can qualify for roles with a median salary of $62,420 per year.2

5 Careers in TESOL Education

  • ESL Classroom Assistant
  • ESL Instructor for Adult Learning
  • ESL/TESOL Program Director
  • Private Tutor
  • TESOL Teaching Material Writer/Editor

About Campbellsville University

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, Campbellsville welcomes diverse perspectives and prepares students to become Christian servant leaders. We offer online degree and certificate programs in a convenient format so that you can grow professionally and personally by studying when and where you want.

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SACSCOC Accreditation

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1865 Southern Lane Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.


  1. National Center for Education Statistics. “English Learners in Public Schools.” Retrieved September 19, 2022, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers: Pay.” Retrieved September 19, 2022, from