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M.Ed. in TESOL – K-12

Explore New Horizons Through an M.Ed. TESOL Online

A significant number of students speak a language other than English at home in the US. These students need specialized instruction to help them acquire the English language skills needed to be successful academically. Do you have a passion for helping children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds learn the English language?

Regent’s Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – K-12 is designed for individuals like you who desire to work with children who are learning ESL (English as a Second Language). Here’s your chance to hone your skills and interests while filling the critical need for ESL/ESOL teachers in Virginia’s public and private schools.

August 19, 2024
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Knowledgeable ESL/ESOL/Bilingual teachers are needed more than ever as demographics shift and a growing number of schools will need to provide instruction to English language learners (ELLs).

In Virginia and many other states, currently licensed teachers can obtain an additional endorsement in ESL by earning a passing score on the Praxis ESOL. The Regent TESOL certificate with a concentration in K-12 addresses all of the areas covered on this important assessment. For information, please consult your state department of education, as well as the Educational Testing Services website.


    Demand for qualified ESL/ESOL professionals is at record levels, and with this higher demand, there is a greater opportunity to earn a higher salary in both public and private sectors.


    Complete the coursework at your own pace and enjoy diverse ESL/ESOL career opportunities in both domestic and international settings.


    Experience Regent ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). Its programs have also been recognized among the top 10 online graduate education programs in Virginia for 11 years in a row (2013-2023). Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 900 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004.

    Presented from a Christian worldview, this in-demand degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach. Regent has been ranked by PLEXUSS as #1 among the Best TEFL, TESL, and TESOL Schools in Virginia four years in a row (2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024). Experience the difference.

    Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

    On completing the Master of Education – TESOL – K-12 degree, you can:

    • Understand linguistics, intercultural/cross-cultural education, second language acquisition, teaching reading, and assessing student achievement.
    • Use standards-based methods for assessing language proficiency and proven strategies that engage young learners.
    • 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.

    Career Opportunities

    • ESL/ESOL/Bilingual Teacher and Administrator
    • EFL Teacher and Administrator
    • International School Teacher/Administrator
    • Missionary
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    Introduces a developmental leadership model focused on external skills embodied in the process of internal transformation. Requires a personal inventory of spiritual and professional maturity while equipping students with the tools necessary for growth. From that foundation, students will be expected to examine additional leadership models.
    Increase learning and learner success by designing educational events that use instructional technology. Covers three basic areas of technology integration: planning, implementation and evaluation. Does not cover specific applications. Within this framework, various technologies and tools will be investigated for the purpose of determining which are best suited for particular instructional situations. Discusses broader issues regarding the usefulness and effectiveness of technology integration in education. The ultimate goal is to create a plan to integrate technology in your educational setting.
    Provides the knowledge, resources, and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy, and advising and support services for Education.
    Designed to prepare teachers to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 classrooms. The course is appropriate for prospective and current ESL teachers and general classroom teachers.
    Provides an introduction to the study and analysis of phonology (sound), morphology (word formation) and syntax (grammar) in human language. Focuses on English, but comparisons will be made to other languages.
    Introduction to a broad array of methods for TESOL. Focuses on principles and practices of teaching and an introduction to the profession of TESOL.
    An overview of historical and current approaches to language pedagogy, as well as current issues and perspectives pertaining to teaching adult ESL/EFL learners. Principles of integrated skill instruction and techniques for teaching speaking and listening will also be addressed. The course serves as an introduction to the field of TESOL for those pursuing the adult learning track.
    Preparation for developing ESL students’ literacy skills in the content areas. Attention will also be given to grammar and the other language modes.
    Explores current issues in multicultural education with an emphasis on the impact of socio-cultural factors in education and society. Focuses on issues of diversity and inclusivity to equip learners to succeed in contemporary America and in an increasingly global environment. Examines both theory and practical applications.
    Sociolinguistic considerations and their impact on ESL/EFL service delivery.
    Preparation for teaching adult ESL/EFL students in a variety of settings. Principles and techniques for teaching reading and writing are emphasized.
    Methodology for grammar instruction in English as a second or foreign language.
    Review of research findings regarding child and adult first and second language acquisition with emphasis on the second-language learner and TESOL curriculum development, including identification and analysis of cognitive, affective, socio-cultural, and educational factors.
    Methodology for oral language instruction in English as a second or foreign language.

    2024-25 Semester Check-In Deadlines

    All students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

    SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
    Session AFriday, August 9Monday, August 19
    Session MFriday, September 6Monday, September 16
    Session BFriday, October 11Monday, October 21
    Session CWednesday, January 8Monday, January 13
    Session TFriday, January 31Monday, February 10
    Session DFriday, March 7Monday, March 17
    Session EFriday, May 2Monday, May 12
    Session FFriday, June 13Monday, June 23

    Admissions Requirements

    Step 1: Apply to Regent University

    Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

    Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

    Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

    Submit your unofficial transcripts to

    Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

    Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

    To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to

    Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or should you have any further questions about the application process.

    Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.


    DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
    Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5656$3,390
    Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8006$4,800
    Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8003$2,400
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8003$2,400

    Full-Time Students

    DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
    Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5659$5,085
    Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8009$7,200
    Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8006$4,800
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8006$4,800

    Student Fees Per Semester

    University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
    $700 (Summer)
    University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

    Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

    Part-Time Students

    DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
    Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5656$3,390
    Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8006$4,800
    Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8003$2,400
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8003$2,400

    Full-Time Students

    DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
    Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5659$5,085
    Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8009$7,200
    Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8006$4,800
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8006$4,800

    Student Fees Per Semester

    University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
    $700 (Summer)
    University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

    Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

    *Rates are subject to change at any time.

    “Regent opened a door to self-discovery and selflessness. My Regent instructors encouraged me to operate on a higher level of motivation and others-oriented awareness.”

    Sandra Turner, M.Ed., 2016 Professional Development

    “It literally was one phone call with a Regent faculty member that convinced me this is the place that I needed to be.”

    Rev. Dr. Colleen Derr, Doctorate in Christian Education Leadership, 2013 President, Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

    “My credentials from Regent helped earn me the respect of parents and the confidence of school leaders. I'm so pleased that I could go one step further and share on a national level.”

    Catherine Webb, Autism Certificate, 2004 Instructional Coach, Giles County Public Schools

    “The program offered a great financing opportunity for teachers, and it also had that caliber of education I was looking for but at a reasonable price. Plus, it’s local, yet also accessible from a distance.”

    Kristin Garmin, M.Ed. , 2016 Reading Specialist (with endorsement)

    “Regent really helped me understand the unique landscape of Christian higher education. I feel better prepared to contribute to Life Pacific College's distinct mission and purpose because of my time spent here.”

    Josh Arnold, M.Ed., 2008 HR Leadership & Management