Fabiana Seidel"It was one of the best experiences of my life. It really made me a better professional, and it made me a better person. I had tremendous learning opportunities. And I consider myself a much better teacher, professional and person in the world today after completing the program." – University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program English Teacher Fabiana Seidel


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

MA in TESOL Course 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 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. Details regarding the 2020 residential session are forthcoming.

Please note that schedules are subject to change.

Term 1: January 6 - March 8, 2020 EDU 550: Classroom Management & Observation TBA
Term 2: March 16 - May 17, 2020 EDU 540: Second Language Acquisition  TBA
Term 3: May 25 - July 26, 2020 EDU 510: Grammar for Language Teachers  TBA
Term 4: August 3 - October 4, 2020 EDU 570: Classroom-Based Evaluation  TBA
Term 5: October 12 - December 13, 2020 EDU 530 Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers  TBA 

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)
  • A scan of a current, government-issued photo ID
  • 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 with an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent from non-USA Institutions.
    ( 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 by the following professional translation services: Accredited Language Services; Berlitz; Liaison Linguistics; Josef Silny & Associates; American Evaluation & Translation Services (AETS); and Education Evaluators International. 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 Inglesa 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 $75 per course 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, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Vice President of Administrative Affairs at 714-772-3330.

Stephen Mason"The experience and point of views shared by other students was a highlight, as was the majority of our lecturers, the content was amazing – but the best thing was the program design. It allowed for deep digestion of the content, enabled critical thinking to flourish (rather than rote regurgitation), and thankfully allowed the freedom to relate the material to real world problems and interests that were close to my heart." – The Duke of Edinburgh Victoria Executive Officer Stephen Mason


The Online MA in TESOL degree program will take approximately two years to complete.

Course Duration: Each course is nine weeks long. Courses begin every ten weeks.

MA TESOL Courses    
EDU 500 Second Language Teaching and Learning 4 units
EDU 510 Grammar for Language Teachers 4 units
EDU 530 Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers 4 units
EDU 540 Second Language Acquisition 4 units
EDU 550 Classroom Management and Observation 4 units
EDU 560 Second Language Classroom Research 4 units
EDU 570 Classroom-Based Evaluation 4 units
EDU 580 Second Language Curriculum Development 4 units
EDU 590 Research Methods in Language Learning 4 units
EDU 600 Research Portfolio OR 8 units
EDU 610 Thesis 8 units
  Total number of required units including two four-day seminars:

44 units


Wayne Miller"“It has been a truly incredible experience. I highly recommend it. They [potential students] should feel privileged to have the opportunity.” – Japan junior and high school English teacher Wayne Miller.


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 7 days)
$ 75
Registration Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
$ 100
Per Course Fees
Tuition Fee
($500 per credit x four credits)
$2,000 / course taken
Records Fee $ 200 / term
Per Course Fee Total: $2,200
Residential Session Fees
Residential Fee per session attended $ 1,200 / session (Room & Board not included)*   $ 2400
Additional Fees
Transfer Credit Fee $   75 / course (optional)
Thesis Binding Fee** $ 450 (optional)
Original Transcript No cost
Each Additional Transcript Copy $   25
End of Program Fees
Diploma No cost
Replacement Diploma $ 200 (optional)
Replacement Cover $   75 (optional)
Official Completion Letter $   35 (optional

Degree Program Total (Research Portfolio Track)++ $26,775*
Degree Program Total (Thesis Track includes $2,700 Thesis Fee)++ $29,475*


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

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 will spend a total of 2 terms and 8 units completing the research portfolio or thesis. Students choosing the thesis track will also have the option of paying $450 to have their thesis professionally bound.

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$2,000.00 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.

Residential Sessions (Residentials)

The Residentials are an integral part of Anaheim University's Ed.D. in TESOL and MA TESOL programs, and they are widely considered by students to be their favorite component of the program. The Residentials have two primary aims:

  • To complement the existing curriculum by focusing on specific topics that are introduced in the online courses but not addressed in detail
  • To enhance the sense of community among the students and faculty members in the programs through face-to-face communication.


At the Residentials, formal lectures are kept to a minimum. Instead, students work collaboratively, engage in debates, make presentations, and focus on practical assignments and tasks in ways that are limited in an online environment. The Residentials also provide the instructors with an opportunity to model pedagogical practices. By taking part in simulations, debates and other activities, students get to see firsthand how these activities can be incorporated into their own instruction. They complete a series of experiential application tasks that complement the theoretical and empirical input provided through the online courses.

Students must attend two four-day Residential sessions during their program. Students who register for a Residential will receive information prior to the start of the program that contains details about accommodations, schedule, pre-residential tasks and pre-residential reading. Typically, there are two groups -- one for the MA students and one for the Ed.D. students -- along with three plenary sessions that bring the two groups of students together. The tuition for the Residential Session is included in the total program price, but students must pay for their own travel, room and board. The Residential Session typically alternates between California and Asia.

Residential Session