Online Master of Arts in TESOL

Earn your accredited Masters in TESOL online while studying face-to-face with Anaheim University's globally acclaimed TESOL professors and classmates through live weekly online HD webcam classes and at 2 four-day on-campus residential sessions.

  • Weekly Online HD Webcam classes with globally acclaimed linguists
  • 10 online courses + Final Research Project
  • 2 four-day residential sessions held annually in California or other select parts of the world
  • Earn an accredited MA in TESOL in 1 to 2 years while working full-time
  • Reasonable tuition

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World-Class TESOL Faculty

  • David Nunan, Ph.D David Nunan, Ph.D David Nunan, Ph.D MA in TESOL Program Designer and Director
    David Nunan TESOL Institute Director
    Professor: TESOL Dr. David Nunan is former president of TESOL, the world's largest language teaching organization and the world's leading textbook series author. David Nunan,... Read More...
  • Rod Ellis, Ph.D. Rod Ellis, Ph.D. Rod Ellis, Ph.D. Doctor of Education in TESOL Program Designer
    Professor of TESOL Dr. Rod Ellis is a world-renowned thought leader in the field of Second Language Acquisition. Prof. Ellis, who is TESOL Chair of AU's Graduate School of Education, teaches the courses "Second Language Acquisition",... Read More...
  • Kathleen Bailey,  Ph.D. Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D. Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D. Professor: TESOL Kathleen M. Bailey, a Past President of TESOL (1998-1999) and International Research Foundation for English Language Education Chair (TIRF), received her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (1976) and her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics... Read More...
  • Denise Murray, Ph.D. Denise Murray, Ph.D. Denise Murray, Ph.D. Professor: TESOL Dr. Denise Murray served as President of TESOL from 1996-1997 and on the Board of Directors of TESOL for 7 years. TESOL Professor at Anaheim University, Prof. Murray is Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Australia, and at San José State... Read More...
  • MaryAnn Christison, Ph.D. MaryAnn Christison, Ph.D. MaryAnn Christison, Ph.D. Professor: TESOL A past President of TESOL (1997-1998), MaryAnn Christison serves on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation (TIRF). Holding a Ph.D. in English/Linguistics from the University of Utah, Dr. Christison has been teaching... Read More...
  • Andy Curtis, Ph.D. Andy Curtis, Ph.D. Andy Curtis, Ph.D. An expert in the field of Intercultural Communications, Dr. Andy Curtis has worked with teachers and learners in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, North, South and Central America, and he has published articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, TESL-EJ and System, as well as several... Read More...
  • Martha Cummings,  Ph.D Martha Cummings, Ph.D Martha Cummings, Ph.D. Professor: TESOL Dr. Martha Cummings received her doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College. She has served on the Nominating Committee of TESOL and is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Diversity. Dr. Cummings has taught for The Monterey... Read More...
  • Ken Beatty, Ph.D. Ken Beatty, Ph.D. Ken Beatty, Ph.D. Professor: TESOL Dr. Ken Beatty is an expert in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Dr. Beatty is the author/co-author of more than 100 textbooks for Pearson, Longman, Oxford University Press, Thomson, Heinle & Heinle and Hong Kong Educational... Read More...
  • Brian Tomlinson,  Ph.D. Brian Tomlinson, Ph.D. Brian Tomlinson, Ph.D. TESOL Professor: Dr Brian Tomlinson is considered to be one of the world's leading experts on materials development for language learning. In 1993 he established the world's first MA dedicated to the study of materials development for language learning (at the... Read More...
  • Fran Byrnes, Ph.D. Fran Byrnes, Ph.D. Associate Director, David Nunan TESOL Institute
    Professor: TESOL Fran Byrnes, Ph.D.Dr. Fran Byrnes has worked in the field of adult TESOL for over 30 years, in teaching and teacher training, and in the design and development of multimedia and online materials. Dr. Fran Byrnes received... Read More...
  • Luke Plonsky, Ph.D. Luke Plonsky, Ph.D. Luke Plonsky, Ph.D.Luke Plonsky (Ph.D., Michigan State University) specializes in three main areas of applied linguistics and TESOL: second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and research methods. Recent and forthcoming work in these and other areas can be found in virtually all major journals in... Read More...
  • Natsuko Shintani, Ph.D. Natsuko Shintani, Ph.D. Professor: TESOL Natsuko Shintani, Ph.D. Natsuko Shintani obtained her PhD from the University of Auckland in 2011. She has worked as a language teacher in Japan and New Zealand, including in her own private language school for children. Her research interests include task-based language... Read More...
  • Jo Mynard, Ph.D Jo Mynard, Ph.D Jo Mynard, Ph.D.,Professor: TESOL Jo Mynard, Ph.D. Originally from Wales in the UK, Dr. Jo Mynard is an Associate Professor and Director of the Self-Access Learning Centre (SALC) at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan.

    She completed her Doctorate in Education... Read More...
  • In Remembrance:  Ruth Wajnryb,  Ph.D. (1948-2012) In Remembrance: Ruth Wajnryb, Ph.D. (1948-2012) Ruth Wajnryb, Ph.D. Former Professor Emeritus TESOL and Graduate School of Education Associate Dean A renowned linguist known for her theory on "Dictogloss", Dr. Ruth Wajnryb served as the word/language columnist for Australia's leading newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald. Read More...

The Anaheim University Graduate School of Education offers a cutting-edge online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA in TESOL) degree program. Experience the following AU advantages:

Benefits

  • Learn under globally acclaimed professors through live webcam classes
  • Receive MA in TESOL through the flexibility of online learning
  • Meet your professors and classmates from around the world face-to-face at 2 residential sessions
  • Earn your Master's in approximately 1 to 2 years while working full-time
  • Improve your teaching skills and qualifications

Features:

  • 10 x 9 week Online Courses + thesis or 9-week Research Portfolio
  • Weekly live webcam classes
  • New terms begin every 10 weeks
  • Register for 1 or 2 courses per term
  • 1 Course = 4 Credit Points
  • MA in TESOL Program = 44 Credit Points
  • 2 x 4 day residential sessions held annually in California or other select locations in the world.
  • Total duration = approximately 2 years

Upon completion of the MA in TESOL program, students will be able to:

  • IMG 0295AU TESOL Chair Dr. Rod EllisCarry out a detailed literature review using relevant bibliographical resources from print and online resources
  • Articulate current conceptual and theoretical trends, issues and concerns in the fields of applied linguistics and language pedagogy
  • Describe current research issues and concerns
  • Design a range of curriculum modules, lesson plans, pedagogical materials and assessment tools to meet a range of learner needs
  • Summarize significant research findings in the field
  • Evaluate and critique syllabuses, curricula and pedagogical materials
  • Analyze samples of language from first and second language users using phonological, lexical, morphosyntactic and discoursal tools
  • Design, implement and evaluate two pieces of original research into language acquisition and/or use
  • Devise and implement appropriate strategies for their own ongoing professional development.

2011 Anaheim University MA TESOL Residential Session2011 Anaheim University MA TESOL Residential Session

MA in TESOL Course 2015 Schedule

Real-time online classes are 90 minutes; the first hour is led by the professor and the final half hour is for student-led discussion. All times are California/Pacific Time. Please note the schedule is subject to change.


MA TESOL REQUIRED 4-DAY RESIDENTIAL SESSIONS
MA TESOL students are required to attend two 4-day residential sessions during their program. Each year, an annual residential session will be held in California or occasionally in other locations around the world. The 2015 residential session will be held July 30 - Aug. 2, 2015 in Fullerton, California.

Please note that schedules are subject to change.

January 5 - March 8, 2015 EDU 510 Grammar for Language Teachers Professor Beatty Fri 6:30 - 8:00 pm
(California time)
EDU 560 Second Language Classroom Research Professor Ellis

Fri 5:00 - 6:30 pm
(California time)

March 16 - May 17, 2015 EDU 500 Second Language Teaching & Learning Professor Beatty Fri 6:30 - 8.00 pm
(California time)
EDU 590 Research Methods in Language Learning Professor Plonsky Fri 5:00 - 6:30 pm
(California time)
EDU 600 Research Portfolio Professor Nunan No real-time classes.
May 25 - July 26, 2015 EDU 570 Classroom Based Evaluation Professor Bailey 6:30 - 8:00 pm
EDU 580 Curriculum Development for Language Teachers Professor Plonsky 5:00 - 6:30 pm
July 30 - August 2, 2015 Residential Session in Fullerton, California
August 3 - October 4, 2015 EDU 530 Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers Professor Beatty TBA
EDU 540 Second Language Acquisition Professor Ellis TBA
October 19 - December 20, 2015 EDU 520 Pronunciation for Language Teachers Professor Beatty TBA
EDU 550 Classroom Management and Observation Professor Lambert TBA
Master of Arts in TESOL Program Fees

Affordable Pay-As-You-Learn System: Pay for only one course at a time, or receive a 10% discount on tuition by paying 100% of your program fees at the time you enroll.

Application and Registration Fees
Application Fee
(Non-refundable after 5 days)
$ 75
Registration Fee
(Non-refundable after 5 days)
$ 100
Per Course Fees
Tuition Fee
($375 per credit x four credits)
$1,500 / course taken
Records Fee $ 200 / term
Per Course Fee Total: $1,700
Residential Session Fees
Residential Fee per session attended $ 800 / session
(Room & Board not included)*
$ 1600
Additional Fees
Transfer Credit Fee $ 125 / credit
Thesis Fee*** $ 450
Original Transcript No cost
Each Additional Transcript Copy $ 25
End of Program Fees
Graduation Fee $ 300
Diploma No cost
Replacement Diploma $ 100 (optional)
Degree Program Total
Degree Program Total++ $20,775+

 

MA TESOL students at residential session student get-together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CaliforniaMA TESOL students at residential session student get-together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California

+ Assumes completion in 11 terms. Maximum cost of program is $21,975 (records fees of $200 for each additional term up to 3 years from date of matriculation).

* We endeavor to offer a discounted on-campus housing option for the residential session, or you may opt for alternate accommodations. The cost of travel will vary, depending on your distance from the residential session and your mode of transportation. Anaheim University does not provide visa services. For MA in TESOL students attending the four-day residential sessions, it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they have taken care of proper visa procedures, if required.

**Students choosing to do a thesis must pay an additional $450 thesis fee. (The student must pay the usual $200/term records fee for each additional term s/he is working on the thesis until it is submitted for grading).

The list of tuition fees does not include textbook fees. Textbooks average approximately $100 - $200 per course.

Note: Anaheim University makes certain provisions in order to provide access to library resources and library services for all students enrolled directly through Anaheim University. However, students enrolled in Anaheim University’s online graduate degree programs are required to have an additional reserve fund to be used for the purchase of journals and research - materials that will aid them in their studies by providing information specific to their unique areas of interest and research - and to provide access to software and other resources that may help them in the completion of their studies. The research reserve fund is $1,500 for masters students to be used over the duration of their program. Students are not required to spend the entire research fund - only that amount necessary in order to carry out their research.

The above itemizes all of the fees and charges for which the student is responsible. Our refund policy can be found in the Policies and Procedures section.

Each course is US$1,500.00 for tuition excluding books, materials and other costs as follows. Students must pay the required tuition fee prior to commencing their next course. The student is not required to pay this tuition fee until the student wishes to register for his or her next course.

An application for a TESOL Master of Arts (MA) must include the following:

    • Application form
    • Application fee ($75)
    • One recent color photograph (digital is okay).
    • Official undergraduate transcripts from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded, in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution.
      ( Note: If the university does not routinely issue transcripts in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We will accept translations issued by the university or a professional translating service. Translations must be exact and complete versions of the original records.)
    • A resume.
    • A brief statement (300-400 words) indicating why you have selected the Anaheim University program, what you hope to get out of it, and how it will help you in your present and future career.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit where the language of instruction was English (“B” average)
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating a “B” or higher in an English composition class.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 530 PBT / 197 CBT/ 71 iBT.
  • A minimum TOEIC score of 800.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • A minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report) of 50.
  • A minimum BULATS Level 3 (60), accepted only for Cultura Inglesia in Brazil.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum B2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.

Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.

Internet Access: All students are required to have access to a computer equipped with Internet access capabilities.

Entrance Examination:  There is no entrance examination required for admission to Anaheim University.

Transfer Credits: Anaheim University will accept up to two graduate semester classes or 8 units awarded by another institution toward a Masters of Arts in TESOL (MA) or TESOL Graduate Diploma at Anaheim University. The entering student will be required to clearly demonstrate the equivalency of a transfer course through relevant documents (syllabus, catalog, course outline) and justify its acceptance through petition. No course will be considered for transfer with a grade lower than a “B” or its equivalent. Petitions are directed to the specific Dean for the affected program. There is a fee of $125 per unit of credit transferred, and the overall program cost will be adjusted to reflect credit for the approved class(es). All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted as part of the student’s initial application to the University. Credits awarded as part of another degree will not be accepted for transfer.

Prior Experiential Credit: Anaheim University will not extend experiential credit to any student.

We currently do not accept students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, and Minnesota due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Admissions Director at 714-772-3330.

iconhowtoapply2The steps below are general guidelines for joining a program at Anaheim University. Just complete the following steps and, if approved, become part of Anaheim University's global community within 2 weeks.

ApplicationStep1

Read thoroughly through the pages of our website and catalog

ApplicationStep2

Click here to submit your application online


Click here to fill out a pdf version of the application and submit via email.

ApplicationStep4

 

The following documents are required for admission:

  • Application form 
  • One recent passport-size color photograph 
  • Official English language proficiency test score report if you are a non-native English speaker (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts.† (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts documenting at least one course in each of the following: accounting, finance and economics.†††† (mail original*)
  • documenting a minimum of 5 years of work or teaching experience in a relevant area of business††††
  • Resume †† 
  • Brief Statement.†† 
  • Resume documenting a minimum of 4 years experience in some aspect of TESOL (teaching, teacher education or publishing).+++
  • An outline (1,000 words) of the possible research that the applicant envisions undertaking for the dissertation that demonstrates his/her research experience and abilities. +++
  • Three reference letters (on letterhead with contact information) attesting to personal and professional qualifications. One reference must be from each of the following:+++
    - A recent employer.
    - A TESOL professional who can attest to the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student.
    - A member of the academic faculty where the applicant completed his/her MA.

†††† DBA Only
††† Ed.D TESOL Only
†† MA TESOL or MFA Only
† Not applicable to TESOL/TEYL Certificate Programs

 

*scanned copies are accepted to expedite application process while waiting for originals to arrive in the mail

 

Documents can be uploaded as part of the online application form, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted in the mail to the address in Step 5.  The complete list of Entrance Requirements for each program can be found here.  

 

ApplicationStep3

Pay the application fee of $75 (Doctoral or Graduate Degree program) or $50 (TESOL Certificate/TEYL Certificate/Undergraduate Diploma in TESOL program).


This fee may be paid by

  • emailing the Credit Card Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • posting a check or money order in the mail to the address in Step 5
  • contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to send a bank wire transfer
ApplicationStep5 Send all required application documents you do not submit online by registered mail to the Office of Admissions at:
Anaheim University
Office of Admissions Room 110
1240 S. State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806-5150
USA
ApplicationStep6 Upon receipt of application materials, a receipt for the application fee will be sent to you. In case your application materials are incomplete, please follow the directions issued by AU. When the Dean has approved acceptance of a student, an acceptance message and enrollment agreement form will be sent to the student.

 

 

Important Notes:

Official TOEFL or TOEIC score document

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit where the language of instruction was English (“B” average for Ed.D, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates; “C” average for TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT / 213 CBT / 80 iBT (Doctoral); 530 PTB / 197 CBT / 71 iBT (Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 500 PBT / 173 CBT / 61 iBT (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum TOEIC score of 800 (Doctoral, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 625 (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (Doctoral, Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 6.0 (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report) of 58 (Doctoral); 50 (Masters, Graduate Programs & Graduate Certificates); 44 (TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Young Learners Program or TESOL Undergrad).
  • A minimum BULATS Level 3 (60), accepted only for Cultura Inglesia in Brazil.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum B2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.


Official transcripts
Request that each college or university which you have attended send a transcript of your record in a sealed envelope. The courses you have taken, grades received, and, if applicable, the date and title of the degree conferred must be listed on each transcript. Each transcript must have the official seal or imprint of the institution as well. (Note: If the university does not routinely issue transcripts in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We will accept translations issued by the university or a professional translating service. Translations must be exact and complete versions of the original records.) You may either submit all of your sealed transcripts with your application form, or have them sent directly to the Anaheim University Office of Admissions in Anaheim, California. Non-official transcripts may be submitted if official transcripts have been requested and will be sent at a later date.

Ed.D in TESOL Program applicants must have official MA transcripts, in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution. Applicants to the Ed.D program must hold an earned MA degree from an accredited institution in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or a relevant area of education, with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent from non-USA institutions).

The DBA program requires a Masters degree in business administration, in a functional area of business, non-profit management, public administration, a JD degree, or other degree relating to managerial functions from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded, and with an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent from non-USA Institutions.

Licenses or Certificates
Please include photocopies of any licenses or certificates you hold which relate to the degree program to which you are applying. Do not submit originals as these materials will not be returned.

Resume
Please submit an up-to-date summary of your academic and professional accomplishments. An Ed.D. applicant must present a resume documenting a minimum of 4 years experience in some aspect of TESOL (teaching, teacher education or publishing. A DBA applicant must present a resume documenting a minimum of 5 years of work or teaching experience in a relevant area of business

Brief Statement
For MA in TESOL applicants, please write a brief (300 - 400 word) statement setting out why you have selected the Anaheim University program, what you hope to get out of it, and how it will help you in your present and future career.

Upon receipt of application materials, a receipt for your application fee payment will be sent to you. In the case that your application materials are incomplete, please follow the directions issued by AU. When the Dean has approved acceptance of a student, an acceptance message and enrollment agreement form will be sent to the student.

 

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