Master in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Master's in TESOL at Kennesaw State University is an advanced program that will prepare you, as a teacher, to educate an increasingly diverse population of students in Georgia.

The program of study in TESOL focuses on teaching students who are culturally and linguistically diverse in inclusive environments. The program includes core courses in curriculum development, collaborative practices, and content area teaching strategies in reading and writing.

As a TESOL student, you will receive the ESOL Endorsement after the first two semesters in the TESOL program.

The TESOL program enrolls a new cohort of experienced general education teachers each fall. It is structured so you can complete the 36-credit-hour master’s degree program in six semesters (two years).

The course is entirely online, and no on-campus attendance is required. Online coursework is taught by graduate faculty utilizing technology to provide synchronous and asynchronous content delivery, feedback, and supervision as you complete field experience in your current work setting.

The M.Ed. in TESOL has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Online: Online Cohort

Number of Credit Hours: 36 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Summer

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer, April 1st
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Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com.
  • Personal Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interests, the nature of your professional experiences, and specific issues you plan to address during the pursuit of your Master's degree. 
  • Personal Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document education, teaching experience, and your record of leadership. 
  • Two letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Your letters should be from sources that can address your success in teaching, ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to adolescent learners.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. Candidates will be contacted by the program if an interview is needed. 
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TESOL Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Approved by the GPSC — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission fully supports all degrees for the Specialist in Secondary and Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University.

  • 100% Online — The Ed.S. in Secondary and Middle Grades education is entirely online, providing you with flexibility for a balanced work-learn life.

  • Accredited — Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

What can you do with a TESOL degree?

A Masters of Education in TESOL degree can lead to various professional jobs such as:

  • Academic Adviser
  • Community College English as a Second Language (ESL) Educator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Teacher Trainer
  • Language ESL Program Director
  • Online ESL Instructor
  • Private Tutor
  • Materials Writer
  • Government Agency Adviser

Masters of Education in TESOL Salary and Career Information


Department of Inclusive Education

Kennesaw State University 
Department of Inclusive Education
Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building
580 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-6043

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