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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Master's Program

A TESOL Graduate Degree Is Your Master-Class Ticket to the World

With a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), you'll have the key that unlocks doors in the United States and abroad. English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators are in worldwide demand.

Alliant's TESOL graduate program in California puts theory and practice into play for maximum impact in the learning environment. Our TESOL degree program blends the perfect balance of TESOL methodology, linguistics and education curriculum for both experienced and prospective ESL and EFL educators.

Study in San Diego Or Online

To best serve professionals of all types and locations, Alliant offers a fully on-site TESOL master's program in San Diego, California, as well as an online TESOL graduate program.

TESOL Careers That Span A World Of Opportunity

Our TESOL graduates enjoy successful careers educating the next generation of English language learners at all levels, and in locations near and far. Whether teaching students or training teachers, you'll have access to opportunities such as:

  • Teaching ESL/EFL in colleges and universities
  • Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in academic, business, healthcare and science and technology organizations
  • Training EFL teachers in your country and abroad
  • Teaching ESL/EFL in private schools
  • Enhancing elementary and secondary teaching with EFL skills
  • Serving as an administrator or policymaker in government agencies and other institutions
  • Developing and writing EFL textbooks, learning materials and other publications
  • Earning a doctorate degree in TESOL at universities worldwide, including Alliant
  • And much much more

Please note that this program does not result in a California teaching credential to teach in K-12 schools.

Program Overview

  • 30 units (10 courses)
  • Full program completion in as soon as 15 months
  • Trimester format with Fall, Spring and Summer courses
  • Convenient evening or online courses for working professionals
  • Applied, hands-on learning opportunities
  • Highly-qualified and experienced faculty
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • International student community
  • No GRE requirement
  • No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply (a language co-requisite may apply for applicants whose first language is not English)


  • On-campus in San Diego, California or online

Admission Terms

  • 8-week Terms: January, March, May, July, September & October

Review application deadlines and our rolling admissions policy on our admissions page.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Master's in TESOL program prepares students to:

  • Acquire a knowledge base and skills for development as a TESOL professional including an understanding of the history of TESOL and the TESOL profession
  • Gain a wide repertoire of appropriate methods and techniques for teaching English learners
  • Acquire knowledge of second language acquisition and learning theories and how they relate to methods and classroom applications
  • Develop an understanding, knowledge base and appropriate dispositions related to the historical, social, cultural, and political issues that impact teaching situations
  • Acquire a knowledge base in linguistics with focus on English structure, its use and functions in society
  • Acquire the ability to apply their knowledge of TESOL methodology and second language acquisition and learning theories to the development of lesson plans and curriculum design
  • Develop skills for the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL/EFL content-based instruction
  • Acquire knowledge of and develop skills for a variety of assessment measures for monitoring and evaluating the progress of English learners
  • Acquire knowledge of research methods and the ability to evaluate professional literature
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for the integration of technology into second language teaching curriculum

Admission Requirements            

  • Application - Apply now online
  • Interview
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships                                  
  • 2-4 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments and any relevant experience
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • $65 application fee
  • International students: Please review Alliant's additional admission requirements for international applicants. A Graduate English Communications co-requisite course may apply for applicants whose native language is not English.

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