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TEFL program at American University

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Online MA in Teaching English
as a Foreign Language

The MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program is designed specifically for students interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in secondary schools, universities, and private language schools outside of the United States. The program provides state-of-the-art online theoretical instruction and extensive hands-on experience in teaching EFL, while preparing English language professionals to meet the growing demand of high-quality EFL instruction worldwide. Students take one course during each 8-week session and may complete the MA in TEFL in eleven sessions (less than 6 semesters) of continuing coursework from locations in or outside of the United States.

Admission to the Program

The MA in TEFL Program welcomes applications from students residing outside of the US and incorporates all necessary elements of academic preparation to create conditions for non-native English speaking students to achieve academic success. In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate major and submit a statement of purpose and two letters of academic reference with the application. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 95 on the Internet-based test (iBT) and a 0-credit course, Academic Writing for Graduate Students, taken by all enrolled students during their first semester in the program.


Degree Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, including a 3 credit hour capstone experience
  • Completion of all of courses with a grade of B or better
  • Completion of an electronic teaching portfolio


Course Requirements

Note: The list below represents tentative course titles pending final approval.

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language I (3)
  • Academic Writing for Graduate Students (0) (Taken with TEFL I)
  • Principles of Linguistics for EFL (3)
  • Cultural Issues in the EFL Classroom (3)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language II (3)
  • Second Language Acquisition for EFL (3)
  • Teaching Reading and Writing in an EFL Classroom (3)
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking in an EFL Classroom (3)
  • Language Assessment in an EFL Classroom (3)
  • Curriculum and Materials Design for EFL (3)
  • Technology for EFL Learning and Teaching (3)
  • EFL Teaching Practicum (3) or EFL Capstone Project (3)