Teaching (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Graduate Program: Teaching (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Online Program

Teaching (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Graduate Program Online

The Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is designed to prepare both licensed and non-licensed teachers to teach English to non-native English speakers in school settings in the United States and internationally. Licensed teachers who successfully complete the ESOL endorsement courses and earn a passing score on the ESOL Praxis examination can earn a Pre-K through Grade 12 endorsement to their teaching license no matter the grade level of the initial license. This program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.

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Why Pitt State?

The master’s-level TESOL emphasis at PSU requires 33 graduate credit hours (6 ESOL courses and 5 Core Curriculum courses). All of the courses are available online. Students may choose to take the 6 ESOL courses first, earn the ESOL Endorsement teaching certificate, and then complete the 5 course classes in order to complete the master’s program.

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option III: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Career Options

ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field. Graduates with this minor can be employed in a variety of settings:

  • Pre-school, Elementary, Middle level, or Secondary ESOL teacher in KS public school (teaching license required)
  • English Language Institutions in the US or Internationally
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher
  • Community College or University Intensive English instructor

Internship and research opportunities

In the master’s-level TESOL program, you will complete 90-hour practicum, which may take place in classrooms ranging from Pre-K to Grade 12.  Classroom teachers who are employed and have English Language Learners in their class may complete the practicum in their classrooms.

 If you do not have a classroom, you will be able to arrange your practicum through the PSU Office of Teacher Education. In addition, if you are not working toward the Kansas ESOL Endorsement, you may choose to pursue your practicum in an international setting.

Learn more about the Department of Teaching and Leadership

The faculty in the Master of Science in Teaching ESOL program are all former teachers who have the research interests that bring innovative teaching strategies to life. They work with area ESOL and classroom teachers and present their research nationally and internationally. The faculty have strong international connections and help with international placements for practicum and career placement.

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Teaching license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Background check
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA first 9 hours of Graduate work


Students in the Teaching (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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