Master of Arts in TESOL

Virginia International University

Program Description

Master of Arts in TESOL

Virginia International University

Have you always dreamed of exploring and experiencing other cultures and countries? Do you want to travel to teach English in the US or around the world? Do you want to be successful and make your dreams reality?

The Master of Arts in TESOL (MA in TESOL) program prepares future graduates for the world of work as language teaching specialists in the field of English language teaching. Graduates of the TESOL program are qualified to work in many different educational environments both in the US and abroad.

The program seeks to be a pioneer in the field of language teaching by building a curriculum that includes recommendations from employers. This keeps our curriculum up-to-date and cutting edge, providing graduates with a needed edge in their job search.

The VIU difference is evident in the TESOL program in its commitment to the preparation of graduates with a solid foundation in the teaching of ESL/EFL.

Program Description

The MA in TESOL program prepares its students to work as English teachers in a world where the global need for English language skills is growing. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have a sound grasp of the structure of modern English as well as basic concepts of language acquisition and language pedagogy, and gain valuable classroom experience through observation and supervised teaching. Our graduates will be qualified to teach English in a variety of educational settings in the US and abroad, such as intensive language programs, and private language programs in non-English speaking countries.


The mission of the TESOL program at Virginia International University is to effectively educate and enable students to be successful and knowledgeable language teachers in a wide variety of contexts and among diverse student populations in the US and abroad by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and experience to contribute and excel in an innovative and collaborative work environment.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to teach English in a variety of educational settings in the US and abroad, such as:

  • Intensive English programs
  • Private language schools
  • Adult education programs
  • English as a foreign language programs in non-English speaking countries

Please note that our TESOL programs do not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools.

Academic Preparation

By completing our MA in TESOL program, students will be comprehensively prepared to:

  • Apply a solid linguistic and pedagogical base to their classroom teaching
  • Manage a variety of classroom scenarios effectively
  • Develop and create interesting and meaningful teaching materials
  • Evaluate and assess student performance
  • Use innovative technology in the classroom
  • Communicate effectively with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds

World Class Faculty and Staff

The TESOL program boasts a history of highly skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who are ready to assist students along their journey through the program. The program's faculty bring experience in various areas including curriculum development and design, technology in the language classroom/program, language acquisition and student engagement.

In addition to providing top notch classroom experiences, the faculty at VIU are engaged in all aspects of the program including curriculum development, student advisement and development of programmatic resources among others.

Delivery of the curriculum is only one aspect of the programs at VIU. Come experience the personalized, accessible, engaging, and fun experience!

Program Overview

Benefits of a degree in TESOL include:

  • Gain a solid understanding of language acquisition principles and how to effectively teach based on how people acquire a language
  • Obtain practical experience through the Practicum course
  • Learn methods of incorporating technology and how to foster a nurturing and supportive learning environment
  • Gain practical skills to foster a class/campus culture supportive of various backgrounds and learning styles
  • Learn how to develop a classroom that focuses on student needs and ultimate goals through outcome-based course and lesson development

Program Features

  • Faculty with real-world ESOL/ESL, EFL, and ESP experience
  • A solid field-based curriculum built with feedback from employers
  • Receive a world class education in an engaging and supportive learning environment
  • Improve upon teaching abilities and qualifications
  • Faculty are available outside of the classroom for assistance
  • Program can be completed with courses taken online and on-ground
  • Dedicated program administrators for every student


Virginia International University is an accredited institution of higher learning holding accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is certified to operate by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additional information on accreditation can be found in the Accreditation and Certifications section of the academic catalog.

Program Outcomes

In working to achieve the mission of the program and those of the School of Education, the following outcomes will be achieved:

  1. Understand the theoretical nature and structure of human language.
  2. Understand theoretical models and principles of language acquisition and be familiar with current research findings regarding how languages are learned.
  3. Understand language teaching principles, curriculum, and program design, as well as research informing best practices in these areas.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop technologically integrated courses and curricula focused on student learning outcomes and individual needs.
  5. Utilize critical thinking skills to problem solve second language learner and classroom issues.
  6. Demonstrate use of proper academic communication, ethics, and professionalism.

This program requires completion of a portfolio.

Degree Requirements

VIU's TESOL program offers you high quality instruction from skilled and experienced professionals in the fields of TESOL, linguistics, and second language acquisition to equip you for a successful career in the growing field of English instruction. Our MA in TESOL program places strong emphasis on practical experiences as our TESOL students can observe our ESL teachers in VIU's ESL program. Our MA in TESOL students also have the ability to interact with our ESL students and teachers as well as the possibility to teach in our ESL program to gain practical experience.

Upon completion of our program, students will be comprehensively prepared to be English language teachers in a wide variety of settings and educational levels in the US as well as abroad

Please note that our TESOL programs do not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools.

Program Details

  • Students will take 12 courses (36 graduate credits)
  • Program can be completed in four semesters of full time study
  • Can be completed part-time or full-time
  • Can be completed online or on-ground
  • Very affordable tuition
  • Convenient location and schedule
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
4 semesters
Full time
22,752 USD
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Applicant Outside of the US July 15th, 2016; Applicant Already in the US August 19th, 2016
Start date Aug. 2017
USA Fairfax, Virginia
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Applicant Outside of the US July 15th, 2016; Applicant Already in the US August 19th, 2016
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Duration 4 semesters
Price 22,752 USD