Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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  Tuition and Fees

Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour  
Library $3.41
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2021 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Earn your master’s degree while gaining tools and learning strategies to help English-learning students succeed. About 8 percent of children in Arkansas schools in preschool through 12th-grade are English learners. This program will prepare you to create and implement curriculum and appropriate assessments for students who speak English as a second language (ESL).  

Coursework will equip educators in the United States and abroad to teach English to students whose first language is not English. You will learn to investigate problems and develop solutions in your own teaching contexts. Coursework includes four classes that are required by the Arkansas Department of Education for a licensure endorsement in ESL.

An ancillary license in English to Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL K-12, is available for those who complete their M.Ed. in TESOL. For either the endorsement or the ancillary license, the ESOL PRAXIS exam must be passed.

You will learn the process of acquiring a second language and how to support English learners with research-based practices . You will also learn  techniques for evaluating the academic performance of second-language learners in listening, reading, speaking and writing. You will gain an understanding of multicultural student populations, including social/cognitive learning styles and differences.


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TESOL programs allow students to stack credit hours to fulfill requirements for different academic goals. Credit hours gained during the endorsement or graduate certificate program count toward the 33 credit hours required for a master’s degree.


Admission Requirements

  • Students must be officially accepted by the Graduate School and accepted into the master’s TESOL degree program.
  • Students must complete an appropriate undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (or equivalent for international students) on the last 60 hours of the course work for their undergraduate degrees. Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework are exempt from the standardized test requirement.
  • Students with a 2.7-2.9 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work may be considered if an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test is obtained and letters of recommendation are submitted.


Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of TESOL concepts, research and learning theories involved in the acquisition of second languages and cultures, particularly of English as a second language (ESL).
  • Understand the structure and development of American English, what it means to speak a language, and become familiar with the traditional, structural and transformational-generative structure of grammar.
  • Plan, implement and model best practices that are necessary to deal with English Language Learners (ELLs) in diverse educational contexts.


Career Paths

  1. Teach K-12 ESL in Arkansas with an AR Ancillary License
  2. Teach Children and Adult English Learners Abroad
  3. Teach Adults In U.S. Community Colleges, Technical Colleges, Non-profits, and Adult Education Centers
  4. Be a leader in TESOL as a Facilitator, Coach, or Coordinator

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