Teach English to speakers of other languages

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 33
  • Estimated program cost: $15,293.85*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

A master’s in TESOL from MU can help you advance your career in contexts where English is taught as a second or foreign language. If you are a teacher and want to help non-native speakers tap the possibilities offered by the English language, this may be the program for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
Average salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

2 Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary school with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.

This degree has potential benefits for

  • English language instructors
  • Language program administrators
  • Language testers
  • Writers for educational materials

Program structure and topics

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Most students study part time, taking two classes per semester, and earn their master’s degrees in just two years.

Course work covers

  • Structure of the English language
  • How languages are used and learned
  • Design and implementation of tasks, assessments, and curricula to facilitate language learning

Compare TESOL options

The University of Missouri offers three online TESOL programs. All programs are 100 percent online. Compare them today and see which one is right for you.

This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.