Make a difference in the lives of non-native English-speaking students in the United States and internationally with our online TESOL master’s program.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 36-39
Cost Per Credit: $432
Accreditation: SACSCOC

M.A. TESOL Overview

One of the most significant educational challenges that non-native speakers face is learning English. Campbellsville University’s online TESOL master’s degree will provide you with the skills needed to teach the English language to non-native speakers within the United States and abroad. The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) master’s degree program equips you with the tools to teach English as a second language (ESL) to university students in the U.S. and English as a foreign language (EFL) for elementary, secondary and university students internationally. Additionally, you will have the flexibility and convenience of a fully online format and learn from faculty members who have real-world experience.

The program presents an introduction to basic linguistic concepts and vocabulary, examines how culture and language are connected and influence each other and how to introduce students to speech sounds. You will also cover topics such as second language acquisition and materials and methods related to speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar. A practicum course provides practical experience related to teaching English, and you will work independently with guidance from a TESOL faculty member to write a research paper on the topic of your choice. Additionally, a thesis option is available.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

* MA TESOL does not lead to teacher rank change in Kentucky or any other state.

Course Map

The online TESOL master’s includes 36 credit hours, or 39 if you opt for the thesis program requirement. The program takes about two years to complete.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited online TESOL master’s, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
  3. All official college transcripts from each college or university previously attended and currently attended
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.9 or higher
  5. GRE scores (waived for candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.2+ or have a Master’s Degree)
  6. Writing sample of academic work
  7. Three Reference Letters-professional and/or academic
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or equivalent for non-native English speakers (Acceptable test scores: TOEFL (80) / IELTS (6.5+) / TOEIC (750) Cambridge (CEFR) C2)

Costs & Financial Aid

The online TESOL master’s costs $432 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in TESOL

Graduates of Campbellsville's online TESOL master’s can apply their knowledge to several careers in education. Potential career outcomes include:

  • Assistant in an ESL classroom
  • ESL instructor for adult learning
  • ESL teacher abroad
  • ESL/TESOL program director
  • Private tutor
  • TESOL teaching material writer/editor

If your goal is to teach ESL in public schools in Kentucky (P-12), you will need a teaching degree and the ESL endorsement to add to your graduate teaching degree. If you want to teach in another state, please consult the Department of Education in your state for the requirements for P-12 teaching license and ESL. If you already possess a teaching certification, or may be in the process of working on your teaching certification and need the graduate ESL endorsement, please contact Dr. Elisha Lawrence at

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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