What is the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language Degree?
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!
Get the broad skillset 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!
How Do I Complete the Admission Requirements for the Online Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Degree?
- Apply online or call an Admissions Counselor at (800) 424-9596. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
- Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a transcript request form.
- Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy or via a direct electronic transcript system). Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 for admission in good standing. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be considered for admission on caution. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or at least 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the masters-level degree work. *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.
- Statement of Purpose
- Department Approval
- Applicants whose native language is not English must complete an approved English proficiency test or meet the requirements for a waiver. Please see the Online Graduate English Proficiency Requirements page for more information.
The Office of Graduate Admissions may request additional documentation when conducting admission reviews to evaluate a candidate’s record before a final admission decision can be made.
If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:
- Be in your final term and planning to start your master’s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor’s degree.
- Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours.
- If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Graduation Application.
- Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.
If you plan to dually enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program, you must:
- Contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain a dual enrollment application.
- Complete and submit an application for admission.
As a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting an application for admission, you must:
- Contact and speak with our Registrar directly.
- Have your current university’s registrar send Liberty’s Registrar’s Office an official letter to confirm that you are in the last nine hours of your undergraduate degree program.
Unofficial College Transcript Policy
An unofficial copy of the college transcript can either be faxed from the institution, printed from the school’s official site, or an opened copy that you may have in your possession.
Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
- School’s name or logo printed on the document
- Cumulative GPA
- List of completed courses and earned credit
- Degree and date conferred (if applicable)
Official College Transcript Policy
An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.
Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided; however, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day time frame will prevent registration.
Liberty University Admissions Office Contact Information
Email for Questions
Email for Sending Documents