Master Of Arts - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Master's Degree  | Russellville Campus | In-Person or Online


The Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. in TESOL) is available to the full range of graduate students, domestic and international, who are interested in advancing their knowledge of and credentials in the teaching of English language learners, and serves as a foundation for doctoral-level studies. We believe that our commitment to offering the appropriate course work in a variety of formats, including entirely online, makes it possible for students with differing needs to achieve their educational goals efficiently.

Having a state-issued ESOL K-12 license or any subject teacher license with the TESOL endorsement is a plus to teach K-12 schools, adult education
centers, overseas, or online:


HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Some courses offer students opportunities to integrate their experience with English language learners.
  • Local students are able to take advantage of opportunities to observe instruction in our writing center, local ESL classrooms, or the adult education center.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of TESL methodology.
  • Ability to generate writing that demonstrates an advanced ability to analyze and synthesize
  • Ability to conduct original research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linguistic theories of second language acquisition.
  • Demonstrated awareness of how cultural factors affect second language acquisition.

About This Degree


Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • ESL/EFL Teacher, Tutor, or College Instructor
  • Curriculum Specialist for educational and government institutions
  • Second Language Academy Program Director
  • Editor

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Al Akahwayn University (Morocco)
  • Al Batin Community College (Saudi Arabia)
  • St. John's University
  • Bentonville High School
  • University of the Ozarks


View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Additional Credentials
  • Certificate of Proficiency in TESOL
  • Minor in TESOL
  • Accelerated B.A. and M.A. in TESOL degree program

Point of Pride ranked the TESOL Program at ATU as the Best TESOL Program out of 415 accredited programs.



Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.