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MA TESL Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 14, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Teach Around the World with the Online Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Do you want to engage with foreign cultures or equip non-English speakers here in America with life-changing skills for the future? Liberty’s 100% online MA in Teaching English as a Second Language can empower you to work with students at home or abroad who need English communication skills to succeed. As an English as a Second Language teacher, you can teach in the United States or travel abroad to teach in Asia, the Middle East, or any other region of the world where English language teachers are in demand. With Liberty’s MA in TESL, you can embed yourself in a foreign culture and share the gift of language while gaining a rich, immersive experience that goes far beyond tourism!

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Why Choose Liberty’s MA in Teaching English as a Second Language?

Liberty’s Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language is 100% online so that you can learn in the comfort of your own home or office. Whether you are living in the United States or are currently overseas, you can still earn your degree in as little as two years — and put your skills to use right away! 

What Will You Learn in our MA in Teaching ESL? 

Gain the broad skill set and practical training you need to succeed as an ESL instructor! In this degree, you will gain comprehensive knowledge of applied grammar, linguistics, and second language acquisition. You will not only learn about the practical use of the English language, but you will also study the syntax and phonology of the major languages of the world so you can better understand how to approach students from a variety of language backgrounds. With Liberty’s MA in TESL, you can create a fun and effective learning environment to help English language learners thrive!

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Please Note: This program requires that you have at least 6 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate language studies courses in order to graduate. If you do not already have these courses, you will need to complete them before graduation with the MA in TESL, outside of the degree.


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Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our MA in Teaching English as a Second Language

  • By earning your Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from an accredited, nonprofit university whose online programs are ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you can be confident your degree will be well respected within your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.

  • You can complete our online MA in TESL in as little as two years!

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Potential Career Opportunities with an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language

  • English Instructor for Domestic and International Language Learners
  • Second Language Curriculum Developer
  • Second Language Linguistics research

MA in TESL Degree – Online Program Information

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Admission Requirements for the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official College Transcripts if available
  • Unofficial college transcripts can be accepted with a completed official transcript request form.**
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.
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