Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MTESOL

The MTESOL degree at Arizona State University – offered face-to-face or online – prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages. More than just a TESOL certification, the program provides training in linguistic research, language-acquisition theories, and the latest teaching methodologies. The flexible curriculum allows students to tailor the program to their personal interests, to combine their interests, or to explore interdisciplinary topics.

In addition to mentorship by stellar faculty, ASU MTESOL students have access to a wide variety of professional development opportunities through the Department of English's well-regarded internship program. Graduates of ASU's MTESOL program have successfully found employment in a variety of TESOL-related positions—teaching, teacher training, and consulting—locally, nationally, and internationally. 

When students list their degree and other credentials on a CV or other documents, it is important that they use the official degree name: MTESOL, Master of TESOL, Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Using a similar but incorrect name such as "MA in TESOL" or "MA in ESL" creates not only confusion but may be interpreted as falsely representing credentials.
Note: Prospective applicants interested in supporting bilingual and multilingual students in PreK-12 contexts in the US may wish to explore the online Master of Arts in Education (educating multilingual learners) through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

1 year to degree
30 internships
Accelerated option

Degree Overview

This 30-hour program requires 27 hours of coursework and 3 hours of work toward the capstone course. There is also a language requirement for the program. The ideal candidate will have an interest in building a career in the international field of English language teaching. The GRE is not required for the application.

How to apply

There are two deadlines for applications to the ASU Tempe campus MTESOL program:

  • July 22 (to start the program in August);
  • December 14 (to start the program in January).

There are six deadlines for applications to the ASU MTESOL online program. See the Application Deadlines tab for dates to apply.

The MTESOL program is offered in person and online. Applications must be made online and there is a link to apply in the left menu of this page. In the application, applicants for the Tempe campus will choose "Tempe" while online students should select "online" as their campus.

The following materials are required to apply for the MTESOL or MTESOL online programs:

  1. Official transcripts. Note that applicants need a grade point average of "B" (3.0) or higher in the final two years of work leading to the bachelor's degree.
  2. A one-page, single-spaced statement of purpose. This document should explain how the ASU MTESOL program fits with the applicant's long-term goals.
  3. A resume.
  4. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should provide a clear picture of the applicant's potential for successfully completing a master's degree. So, at least some of the letters should be from university professors who are familiar with the applicant's academic work and with master's level academic programs.

*The GRE is not required for this program.

^International students for whom English is not a native language must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English (Academic) score. Please refer to the Department's English proficiency requirements.

It was a great moment to start another journey in my life. I wanted to give something by teaching. I realized I could make this dream come true through getting a teaching degree at ASU. I was serving in the U.S. Army overseas when I made this decision. I was very sure that I would do great, even though I have a family to feed: wife and kids. I started work and my studies at the same time and I was blessed in both. I love both ASU and Arizona.

—Naji Obaid, MTESOL graduate, 2017


Once admitted to the ASU MTESOL program, students need to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate-level coursework. The program is designed to be completed in 3 semesters of full-time study plus a summer course. The program is offered in-person and online.


A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.

Requirements and electives


Core Courses


Required Course




Graduate Capstone Seminar


Total hours required


Courses and electives

The program is offered in-person (courses taken either on Tempe campus or as iCourses) or completely online through ASU Online. Questions about the degree requirements can be directed to the academic advisor: MTESOL and MTESOL Online.

  • LIN 501 Approaches to Research
  • LIN 510 English linguistics
  • LIN 520 Theories underlying the acquisition of English as a second language
  • LIN 521 Methods of teaching English as a second language
  • LIN 584 MTESOL practicum internship*

*One course in which students can get practical teaching experience is LIN 584 MTESOL practicum internship, which can be taken more than once. Questions about LIN 584 can be directed to the English department’s internship director (Ruby.Macksoud@asu.edu)

  • 3 credit hours of graduate credit in the English department (either LIN or APL courses)
  • 9 credit hours of graduate credit can consist of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department (e.g., education, school of international letters and cultures, speech and hearing science, psychology).*

*The total of credits taken outside the English department (including substitutions of core courses) shall not exceed nine credits.

  • LIN 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar 

*MTESOL: LIN 597 MTESOL Capstone will be offered only in fall. Any MTESOL students who are planning to graduate in spring or summer should take the capstone in the previous fall. 
*MTESOL Online: taken in the final semester of the program in session B.

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