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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) helps prepare practicing teachers in literacy development for non-native English speakers.

This program melds theoretical instruction with hands-on experiences, arming students with research-based methods and best practices for teaching English in both domestic and international settings. Students in this program select from a broad range of courses to develop a customized program of study that best aligns with their professional goals.

Delivery Options

Coursework is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

For students living in Puerto Rico, courses are offered in a hybrid format at NSU's San Juan, Puerto Rico Campus. This delivery option combines on-site courses offered periodically over weekends supplemented by online study.

  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions, including an official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5, OR Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only), OR Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) scaled score
    of 400. Test scores must be less than 5 years old from the date of application.

Required Core Courses (18 credits)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
TSOL 0575 Critical Issues in TESOL 3
TEFL 0580 Second Language Acquisition and Learning 3
TSOL 0567 Applied Linguistics 3
TEFL 0530 Technology in TEFL 3
TSOL 0547 Testing and Evaluation in TESOL 3
TSOL 0699 Applied Professional Experience in TESOL 3

TESOL Electives (select 18 credits)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
ESE 0610 Speech and Language Development and Disabilities 3
TSOL 0500 Foundations of Bilingual Education 3
TSOL 0562 Cultural and Cross-Cultural Studies 3
TSOL 0569 Methodology of TESOL 3
TSOL 0580 Dual Language Classrooms: Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TEFL 0525 Teaching English to Children 3
TEFL 0535 Teaching English to Adolescents and Adults 3
TEFL 0563 International Englishes: Historical Development and Usage 3
TEFL 0575 Structure of English 3
TSOL 0515 Curriculum Development for TESOL 3


The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the teaching English to speakers of other languages specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by portfolios detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

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