Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Our master's degree program in teaching English to speakers of other languages is for you if you want to (1) teach in college-level English as a second language (ESL) programs, (2) teach in adult-level ESL programs for immigrants and refugees in the United States, and (3) teach in all levels internationally. The EdM TESOL degree has been considered the terminal professional degree for those seeking opportunities to teach ESL/ENL (English as a new language) in national and international institutions of higher education.

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Why Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at UB?

As a student in this program you will:

  • acquire a solid foundation in TESOL with coursework in methodology, second language acquisition, pedagogical grammar and a semester long practicum
  • add breadth and depth to your preparation with courses in second language literacy, assessment, online pedagogical uses of technology and intercultural communication
  • develop a practical approach, grounded by current theory and research, in the fields of applied linguistics, educational theory, best practices in pedagogy and second language acquisition
  • have opportunities to interact with and learn from graduate students in many fields of education, such as early childhood education and traditional teacher education specializations

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 2 to 3 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities

Teach in:

  • college-level ESL programs
  • adult-level ESL programs
  • all levels internationally


Application deadline Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Jan. 10
Feb. 1, then rolling until Aug. 10
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