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TESOL Master's Program


The TESOL Master's Program prepares students for teaching both domestically and abroad in higher and adult education, in private language schools, and in K-12 settings, where state certification is not required.

American University’s TESOL Master's Program offers a distinctive blend of theory and practice that enables graduate students to apply foundational concepts in the discipline to practical teaching experience. The program places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, with graduate students planning lessons, observing classes and teaching or tutoring ESL students in a variety of contexts from the outset of the program. Faculty draw on their extensive and diverse teaching experiences, knowledge of contemporary research, and intercultural expertise to provide students with the necessary academic and practical knowledge to become successful professionals in the TESOL field. The program emphasizes a communicative approach to language teaching, offers a wide range of courses and focuses on authentic teaching activities.

MA TESOL students enjoy a sense of community, both with their peers and their professors, who are among the leading professionals in the field of TESOL. The TESOL MA program caters to diverse student populations, including recent graduates, professionals, and career switchers, and offers great flexibility in completing the degree. Students may be admitted on a full- or part-time basis, and classes meet in the evening to accommodate our students’ busy schedules. Courses in the TESOL Master's Program are offered in the fall and spring as well as in the summer, through the AU TESOL Summer Institute.

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Master's International Program

The Master's International Program enables graduate students to prepare for Peace Corps English teaching assignments while earning a Master's in TESOL.

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