The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares one to teach English in the U.S. or overseas. Within the United States, our graduates teach ESL in public and private schools, as well as in the city in community colleges and adult education programs. English language learners are the fastest growing group of students in the United States today.

Credit hours required: 36


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Career Options

The M.A. in TESOL opens up career options in areas such as:

  • pre-k-12 public and private schools
  • teaching/instruction (community college levels)
  • continuing adult education
  • program administration
  • curriculum development
  • doctoral study and research
  • publishing
  • government agencies 

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in TESOL and the courses offered toward the degree.


Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at (773) 442-5870 or

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


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