Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – Online Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree program at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is an excellent online program for individuals around the nation and the world who are searching for a values-based education in TESOL that reflects the latest advances in the field and in the use of technology. The TESOL program will train individuals who can promote language learning among various immigrant populations, their children, and other underserved populations not only in the United States, but also in a number of countries around the world. The program welcomes current and future educators to acquire advanced degrees in the field of TESOL in the global classroom while having the opportunity to share what they learn in their communities as they progress.

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The goal of the online MA TESOL program is to develop professional TESOL practitioners with expertise in three key areas: conceptual knowledge, theoretical knowledge, and application skills. The course structure offers flexibility for students to plan and advance their learning according to their convenience. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify what they have learned as knowledgeable consumers of educational literature.
  • Think about issues and practices from a theoretical standpoint.
  • Select and apply appropriate research-based TESOL practices.
  • Access a wide range of TESOL instructional materials, approaches, and methods, including application of a wide range of technology, to educate students at different stages of development coming from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds as well.
  • Design and implement K-12, post-secondary adult TESOL classroom and community programs focused on human rights, multicultural issues, and language education.
  • Examine, select, and use a wide range of second language assessment tools including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative, and technology-based instruments, appropriate for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply and be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters and should meet the following requirements for consideration:

  • Application completed
  • Original transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Two letters of recommendation learn more
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages): NDNU is a diverse and inclusive learning community that challenges each member to engage with the values of social justice and global peace. Use the Statement of Intent to share why you want to pursue an MA in TESOL and how your goals in pursuing the degree reflect NDNU values?
  • Interview with Program director in person or via technology (Skype, Zoom, etc.).

In addition to the General Graduate Program Admissions Requirements, International Students must provide the following:

  • International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We require a course-by-course evaluation. We accept evaluations from members of NACES and recommend World Education Services, Inc.
  • International graduate applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the minimum requirements is a score of 550 (paper-based total), 213 (computer-based total) or 80 (internet-based total). For the international English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 6.0 on the Academic test. In addition, students may demonstrate English language proficiency by studying through an approved English language school. Speak with admissions for more information about approved language partners and successful completion levels for each program

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.


Catholic School Teacher’s Scholarship

The NDNU Catholic School Teacher’s Scholarship honors the efforts of teachers in Catholic Schools who wish to pursue a higher degree in Education. NDNU students who are currently teachers, coaches, or classroom aides at a Catholic school are eligible for a scholarship that covers 30% of the tuition charged to the student per semester. Scholarship is limited to students who enroll in Credential or Master’s in Education programs at NDNU.

 Endowed Scholarships for Graduate and Credential Students
Most NDNU graduate students fund their studies through a combination of student loans, outside scholarship, employer reimbursement, or individual payment plans, however, there are limited Endowed and Restricted Scholarship Funds available. Learn More. 


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Brad D. Washington, Ed.D.
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