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:


  • Learn under AU's TESOL professors through live webcam classes
  • Receive MA in TESOL through the flexibility of online learning
  • Earn your Master's in approximately 2 years while working full-time
  • Improve your teaching skills and qualifications



  • Weekly live webcam classes
  • New terms begin every 10 weeks
  • 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


Earn only the MA, an MA and Ed.D., or enter the Ed.D. directly


Track 1: MA in TESOL

9 MA TESOL courses + 8-unit Research Portfolio or Thesis

Track 2: MA + Ed.D. in TESOL

9 MA TESOL courses + 8-unit Research Portfolio or Thesis + 60 units of Ed.D. in TESOL


Here is a basic overview of how the M.A. in TESOL courses work.

Master of Arts in TESOL Course Structure and Program Learning Method

Online Discussion Forum

Assignment 1

Week 1
Online Class
Week 2
Online Class
Week 3
Online Class
Week 4
Online Class
Week 5
Online Class

Assignment 2

Week 6
Online Class
Week 7
Online Class
Week 8
Online Class
Week 9
Final Assignment Week

Weekly Real-Time Webcam Class + Online Discussion Forum participation(at your convenience)

Written answers to weekly chapter questions

2 assignments


Outstanding Faculty

One of the primary deciding factors for students who choose the Anaheim University MA in TESOL is the quality of the highly esteemed faculty who teach AU students in weekly live webcam classes.

  • 4 of AU's TESOL Faculty (Dr. David Nunan, Dr. MaryAnn Christison, and Dr. Andy Curtis) are former Presidents of TESOL International Association (the world's largest language teaching organization).
  • Designer of AU's Ed.D. in TESOL program, Dr. Rod Ellis, was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh prize for the best book in applied linguistics for his Oxford University Press classic The Study of Second Language Acquisition
  • All courses are taught by applied linguists and authors for such publishers as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Thomson Publishing, Prentice-Hall, Longman, McGraw-Hill, etc.
  • 100% of the AU TESOL faculty are regular speakers at various international TESOL conferences and are considered to be experts in the field of TESOL by the TESOL community.



The MA in TESOL program offers principled links between theory, research, and practice.
A solid pedagogical foundation is gained through the courses:
  • Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • Classroom Management and Observation
  • Second Language Classroom Research


Extensive knowledge of language and learning is gained through the following courses, which have an Applied Linguistics focus:

  • Grammar for Language Teachers
  • Phonology for Language Teachers
  • Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers


Specialized skills and knowledge are developed through the professional modules:

  • An Introduction to Curriculum Development
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Classroom-Based Evaluation
  • Research Methods in Language Learning

Finally, the Research Portfolio serves as an exit course where you will submit a research proposal AND a report of a small scale study OR reports of two small scale studies based on projects from previous courses. If writing a thesis would better serve your educational needs and end goal, you may choose the thesis option and work individually under the guidance of an academic advisor to produce a thesis.

Pioneers in the Field of TESOL

The Anaheim University Graduate School of Education prides itself on its MA in TESOL degree program which pioneered the field of TESOL in the mid-1990s as the world's first TESOL program to be taught online in real time. 

Work Full Time & Study Online

The AU MA in TESOL degree program allows you to study online while working f and fulfilling your personal responsibilities. This provides you with the opportunity to apply what you learn today in the classroom tomorrow. The courses are taught 100% online, and you also have the opportunity to meet your renowned faculty and classmates from around the world at two x four-day residential sessions that are held annually in California as well as at other select locations in the world. The residential sessions are typically held from a Thursday to a Sunday or a Saturday to Tuesday, allowing you to minimize the time you will need to be away from work.