Skip to main content




Download a program brochure.

Complete the form below to learn more about the benefits of our online graduate programs in education.

By clicking "Download Brochure,” I agree to provide the contact information listed above for the purpose of receiving communications regarding educational programs and opportunities.

By clicking "Download Brochure,” I agree to provide the contact information listed above for the purpose of receiving communications regarding educational programs and opportunities.

Masters in TESOL Online @ KU

The online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Kansas is designed to prepare educators, regardless of their instructional background, to work with English learners from diverse cultures in their classrooms and schools.

Emphasizing how English as a second or other language students learn within English-speaking classrooms, the Master's in TESOL program will provide you with the strategies and tools critical to supporting students' language acquisition throughout their education. You can learn practices to incorporate within existing early childhood, K-12 or adult settings to develop English reading, writing and listening skills in students who are speakers of other languages.

Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program can be seen here.

Note: This program does not provide instruction in speaking English. It is a master's program that prepares educators to teach English to speakers of other languages. It is not an English language program for second or other language learners.

Program Tracks

We offer two tracks for this program:

Master’s: Teacher Track includes practica for classroom educators who intend to acquire a licensure endorsement to teach English learners from diverse cultures in their classrooms and schools.

  • For those seeking master’s-level knowledge and skills to apply in a classroom setting
  • Best for educators looking to transition to or start a career in TESOL, who already hold initial licensure in their state
  • 30 credit program, 10 courses, 8 weeks per course
  • Complete in as few as two years

Master’s: Non-Teacher Track substitutes coursework for practicum requirement with the expectation that participants want to gain knowledge about how English as a second or other language students learn within English-speaking classrooms, but are not pursuing a teaching license.

  • For those seeking master’s-level knowledge and skills to apply outside of a classroom setting
  • Best for consultants, advocates and administrative or government positions within the field of TESOL; it will not prepare you for a TESOL endorsement
  • 30 credit program, 10 courses, 8 weeks per course
  • Complete in as few as two years

Endorsement-only Track

  • For those seeking master’s-level knowledge and skills, but who already have, or do not require, a master’s degree
  • Best for currently licensed teachers in states where additional endorsement in TESOL is required
  • 18 credit program, 6 courses, 8 weeks per course
  • Complete in as few as 12 months
Program Benefits
  • Top 10 Best Education School (among public universities)1
  • Top 20 Curriculum and Instruction program1
  • Top 30 Best Online Education Graduate Program2
  • Accredited under NCATE standards through CAEP
  • Learn from dedicated faculty who teach with an emphasis on applying research in real-world situations to improve instructional practice
  • Create a working instructional portfolio that can be directly applied in your own classroom
  • Complete your course work anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • Graduate in as few as two years
  • Submit your application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program
Admissions Requirements

Our Admissions Advisors are here to help answer your questions regarding admission requirements and licensure. If you have questions, please email us at onlineinfo@ku.edu or call us at 855-639-7799.

To be considered for admission, prospective students must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an admission advisor for more information.

To apply to the online Master’s in TESOL program, your first step is completing the online application form. Prior to starting the form we recommend that you review our admissions guide.

What You Will Learn

This program focuses on effective strategies and practical instruction techniques to prepare teachers for today’s increasingly globalized and diverse world. Courses are designed to equip educators with the tools necessary to teach to English language learners in both U.S. schools and foreign classroom settings.

View Course Descriptions

Faculty

The University of Kansas brings a rich academic tradition into the online environment. The KU School of Education is equally committed to KU’s mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.

Faculty in the TESOL program are committed to producing teachers who foster high academic achievement in all students, including learners with diverse racial, cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities. Their extensive backgrounds and TESOL-related research provide a wealth of expertise in teaching to non-English speakers from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.

Meet the Faculty

After Graduation

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL is designed to prepare the passionate educator for professional roles such as community worker, administrator, classroom teacher or English as second or other language teacher. Focusing on fundamentals of curriculum and instruction, intercultural awareness and understanding language acquisition, this program prepares you to overcome challenges and make a difference in the lives of students.

The program includes both a master’s degree credential and preparation for the PRAXIS exam required by the State of Kansas to add an endorsement for TESOL.

Note: This program is not intended for initial teacher licensure, and most students will enter the program with an active teacher’s license.

No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and Licensure Officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Dec
28
Application Deadline

December 28
Spring 2019 Term

Jan
14
Next Start

January 14
Spring 2019 Term

Apr
26
Application Deadline

April 26
Summer 2019 Term

Events

Dec
12
Financing Your Online Degree

December 12 Register Now

Stay Connected

Sources:
  1. Retrieved on October 19, 2017, from usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/university-of-kansas-155317/overall-rankings
  2. Retrieved on January 9, 2018, from usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-kansas-155317