Master of Education (M.Ed.) in TESOL Program
Online English Teaching Degree

Online Degree Overview

Regent's online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed for individuals who have a desire to teach the English language to children and/or adults who are learning English as a second or foreign language. Courses emphasize TESOL methodology, linguistics, intercultural/cross-cultural education, second language acquisition, literacy instruction and assessing student achievement. Individuals pursuing the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) approved TESOL Program - PreK-12 ESL Endorsement Track must be licensed classroom teachers; however, a teaching license is not needed to become an English language teacher who desires to work with adult populations and plans to pursue the TESOL Program - Adult Track. Individuals pursuing the online master's degree in TESOL program may consider positions in both domestic and international settings.

M.Ed. in TESOL Highlights

Curriculum: Master's in TESOL Adult Education/Collegiate Track or PreK-12 ESL Endorsement Track
Length: 33 credit hours.
Format: Eight-week courses delivered entirely online. Students may begin the program in August, October, January, March, May or June.
Results: Master of Education in TESOL degree (TESOL PreK-12 Track leads to ESL Endorsement)
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Features: The Master's in TESOL degree program is TEAC accredited and VDOE approved to offer the PreK-12 ESL Endorsement.

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M.Ed. in TESOL graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of theory, principles, and practices pertaining to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Areas addressed include: linguistics, TESOL methodology, first and second language acquisition, literacy instruction, cultural understanding, and current trends and best practices in the field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply skills and strategies in alignment with the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design) and TESOL English language proficiency standards and best practices for instruction and assessment of  ELLs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the influence of socio-cultural and linguistic factors in the instruction of ELLs.
  • Demonstrate skills in the teaching of reading for ELLs, specifically addressing the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of integration of faith and learning as encapsulated in the School of Education four areas of seeking wisdom, seeking knowledge, serving others, and edifying others.


Altina Suber, TESOL Program
Altina Suber, ESL Teacher
Current Student, 2013

"Through guided lessons, practical application, and research, I was able to prepare for daily interactions with my current students.

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Katherine Tipton, M.Ed., Regent Graduate
Katherine Tipton
ESL Teacher in Guam
Regent Graduate, 2011

"Regent's TESOL program has helped me reach my personal and professional goals."

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