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Schools Offering Online Masters in TESOL

written by: Daniel Brecht•edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi•updated: 5/15/2011

A Masters TESOL Degree is a popular educational program which is offered online for anyone who may be interested in learning to teach English to foreigners.

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    Earning the Degree Online

    Back To School (by nuttakit) So, you are interested in taking courses for the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or are looking towards earning the degree online, huh? That's great! You are about to learn about some schools that offer the program.

    It's time to go back to school (see image). Instead of giving up on those things in your life to pursue a degree or continue your education, let's see who offers the flexibility of fitting coursework into your life and career.

    Well, a quick search on the Internet will list many universities that have the program available online, but be careful of scams!

    Advice: Consider one of the schools listed below to take the subject courses or earn the degree online.

    Note: Each school offers the degree and specific courses to help students like you to pursue this type of education and career.

    • The New School

    Motto: Eight Schools, One University

    Note: There are two concentrations, teaching and curriculum development

    - The school is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

    - All their courses are offered online.

    • Azusa Pacific University

    - The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    - Its teacher training courses consists of 36-units. The degree program can be completed in just 19 months from anywhere in the world.

    - Cost: $470 per unit

    • University of the Southwest

    Note: The degree features a specialization in Curriculum & Instruction.

    - The school is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    - Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of curriculum development techniques.

    • Anaheim University

    - The school is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    - The 10 required courses are taught 100% online, however, students are required to participate in two x four-day residential sessions.

    - There is a scholarship in the amount of US$15,000 that will be awarded annually to one student enrolling in the degree program.

    - Tuition Fee: $375 per credit x four credits

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    Teaching English: Associated Acronyms

      There are several terms to describe the field, such as:

      • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - is the term most often used in the U.S., and in some cases, in Europe.
      • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) - is the term most often used overseas (such as in the UK and in Europe).
      • TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language)
      • CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
      • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher
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      Teaching English: PayScale

      • Average monthly salary worldwide for ESL jobs is $1,250
      • Median annual salary in the U.S. goes from $32,067 - $52,316 (as per May 2011) depending on the years of experience
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      TESOL Jobs

      Earning the Degree

      Having the degree is the right tool to land a job in a growing and fulfilling field. With it a person can help others learn English. There is a high demand and need for such teachers, especially for those willing to work abroad.

      Career Outlook

      TESOL Jobs are available in the U.S. and worldwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the ESL field will continue to grow faster than average in the U.S. Employment prospects are excellent in states like California, Florida, Texas, and New York. Again, job opportunities are available in foreign countries throughout the world.

      Image credit: Back To School (by nuttakit)

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      Sources

      List of Schools

      • The New School: http://www.newschool.edu/matesol/
      • Azusa Pacific University: http://www.apu.edu/clas/globalstudies/tesol/online/
      • University of the Southwest: https://www.usw.edu/639598.ihtml
      • Anaheim University: http://www.anaheim.edu/content/view/46/95/
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      References

      Monthly ESL Salaries Worldwide - this is an ESL Jobs World Salary Calculator

      ESOL PayScale - (in the U.S.)