Notre Dame de Namur University Offers New Online Master’s Program in ESL Teaching

Focus on language instruction technologies and providing access to education for underserved populations.

For Immediate Release (March 13, 2017)

Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is launching a new program that allows students to earn an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) while studying online from anywhere in the world. The program’s first cohort will begin in fall 2017. Applications are now open.

“The TESOL master’s program at Notre Dame de Namur University is one of the very few of its kind with an emphasis in language instruction technologies,” said Caryl Hodges, dean of NDNU’s School of Education and Psychology. “Students in the program will make use of the latest technology in the field of second language acquisition.”

Other features of the MA TESOL program at NDNU:

  • The program offers students the chance to study with a range of faculty who bring deep experience in TESOL instruction. The faculty have an average of 15 years of experience in language acquisition and instruction, and have taught in over 11 countries.
  • Students have opportunities to publish research, as well as to work with nonprofit agencies around the world.
  • Professional and academic mentorship is ongoing throughout the program, with advising support for individuals to determine where they want to work in terms of geography and career.
  • Students have access to teaching placement opportunities in the United States and globally after graduation.
  • Graduates join a lifelong community of educators dedicated to teaching and collaboration.

“The program will create a global classroom that allows students on every continent to take part, using an interactive platform,” added Hodges. “The NDNU Online MA in TESOL program also has working relationships with nonprofit organizations that offer internship opportunities to students.” Several of these internships are with organizations that promote educational access for refugees and displaced persons to pursue college degrees, aligning with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s longstanding tradition of providing education to underserved populations.


Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


Caryl Hodges, Dean
School of Education & Psychology
Notre Dame de Namur University
(650) 508-3493


Zack Rogow
(650) 508-3585