Master of Arts - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Master of Arts - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The 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. 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.     

Fun Facts

  • ATU has offered undergraduate and graduate instruction in ESOL pedagogy since 1992
  • In 2004, ATU began offering an M.A. in TESOL, the first university in the state to do so, with approximately 600 graduates to date.
  • In 2005, Arkansas Tech University began offering an M.A. in English with TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)  and has had 171 graduates as of the year 2020.
  • The M.A. TESOL program has been delivering courses online since receiving approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in January 2014.

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Vanessa Easton, MA TESOL Jamie Teal, MA TESOL in Morroco Christy Gore, MA TESOL, with her students

Vanessa Easton

 Jamie Teal

Christy Gore

English Instructor, South Korea
Professor Al Akahwayn University, Morocco
Bentonville High School, United States
"The MA TESOL program from Arkansas Tech University was the perfect fit for me.  While living abroad and working full-time, I was able to complete the program in one year.  The platform was easy to use and provided me a seamless connection with both classmates and professors. At Arkansas Tech University, I was able to develop a strong foundation of teaching methods and theories." "I came into this job very well prepared for what I do here in Morocco. My courses at Arkansas Tech gave me the tools I needed to teach the full range of courses I have been assigned here. I constantly find myself using the theory and practical applications I learned in my classes in order to understand my students better and to teach them more effectively. Literally every single course that I took in the TESOL program at Tech had some element that I have put to use in teaching my own courses. Thank you again for an excellent program that prepared me exceptionally well to be here. I'm living my dream!" "My TESOL degree has given me new compassion for ELLs and new passion for teaching them as well. I have learned so much in a short time, and I hope to incorporate many of the strategies and principles I have learned into my 10th grade English classes this coming school year. I believe this degree will open opportunities for me to serve other teachers in the district by sharing my insights about teaching ELLs, and I believe I am equipped to take on newcomer classes if the opportunity presents itself."



For further information regarding the degree or related programs, contact the Program Director

Dr. Hsu