Cost: $1,365 per unit
Length: 1 year
The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program will prepare students to teach English as an additional language from preschool through university, both in the United States and abroad, or to pursue doctoral studies. Graduates of our MA in TESOL degree program will be prepared for a variety of career options in the education and consultancy fields.
Designed for both domestic and international students alike, our MA in TESOL is a full-time residency program that provides students with expertise in second language acquisition, and a deep understanding of the complex relationship between language and culture. Embracing the scholar-practitioner model of professional training, rigorous coursework is conjoined with clinical practicum placements, where students gain real-world experience teaching and collaborating in multicultural and multilingual environments. This one-year program culminates in a digital portfolio capstone experience in place of a thesis.
Prestigious MA in TESOL program at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.
Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance.
No GRE or any other standardized tests required. We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.
Doctoral pathway courses within the program curriculum.
Classes are held at the Calabasas and Malibu campuses. The Malibu campus sits on 830 acres and overlooks the Pacific Ocean with nearly every spot on campus featuring stunning views of the ocean. Pepperdine is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study.
Access to graduate student housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus.
Nationally recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
Small class sizes and a low faculty: student ratio provide a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, and long-term professional and personal relationships.
Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
Opportunities for continued participation in professional organizations and conferences.
The extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals.
Relevant and emerging field with strong projected employment growth and attractive earning potential.
Career Services Center is dedicated exclusively to the field of education to support professional advancement.
GSEP is committed to a learner-centered approach in the programs we offer. Each program has a set of objectives that a student graduating from the program is expected to achieve. The knowledge and skills taught in the program might be introduced in some courses. In other courses, students are asked to apply knowledge by practicing skills and demonstrating their abilities. Within the program, the values and dispositional attributes important for individuals entering the profession are emphasized.
Graduates of the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program will be expected to achieve the following objectives:
Analyze and apply theories and research related to language structure and language acquisition
Design supportive language learning environments using the intersections of language and culture, related theories, and principles
Plan and implement research-based language instruction that integrates language skills, technology, and relevant teaching strategies
Apply a variety of language proficiency instruments and techniques
Understand the history of and current trends in language pedagogy and research, and collaborate to meet the needs of language learners
EDTE 601 Applied Linguistics for Language Educators (3)
EDTE 602 Second Language Acquisition Educators (3)
EDTE 603 Sociolinguistics: Language, Literacy, and Culture (3)
EDTE 604 Programme Design and Evaluation (3)
EDTE 605 Language Curriculum and Course Design (3)
EDTE 606 Theory to Practice: Language Pedagogy (3)
EDTE 607 Ethics, Values, and Inclusion (3)
EDTE 608 Issues in Language Assessment (3)
EDTE 610 Clinical Practicum (3)
EDTE 611 Capstone Integration Experience (2)
MSED 602 Virtual Learning, Collaboration, and Transmedia (3)
A master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages provides professional value both inside and outside of the classroom. After earning your MA, you may pursue employment in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, including:
Elementary, Secondary or Higher Education ESL Teacher
English Language Instructor for Children or Adults
Nearly 1.9 million job openings for Preschool through Postsecondary School Teachers are projected between 2014 and 2024*
The average annual wage for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in California was over $77,000 in 2017*
California had the highest employment level of Elementary School Teachers nationwide in 2017*
*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
Scholarships & Funding
Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.