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TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) M.Ed.  

36 credit hours
$425 credit hour price

The demand for qualified educators teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is increasing in the United States and internationally. With the master’s in TESOL online program from Concordia University, Nebraska, you will acquire the in-depth knowledge and real-world practical preparation  you need to effectively teach English language and literacy to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to teach students whose first language is other than English or to teach English as a foreign language in an international setting.

Our TESOL online program can be completed in 24 months by taking one course per eight week term. With the fast track option, you can take two classes at once during three specific terms to complete the program in 18 months.

Throughout the program, you will gain 45 valuable hours of practicum experience, working with students whose first language is other than English. The curriculum allows you to learn from and collaborate with your classmates. As you learn the various theories and practices for teaching English as a second language, you will explore topics such as:

  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language teaching and learning
  • Language and culture
  • Theories of second language acquisition and second language acquisition research
  • Research-based educational practices for teaching writing skills to ESL students of all ages

Our master’s in TESOL online degree program meets both Nebraska’s English Second Language Endorsement and TESOL International Association standards. It is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

If you already have a Master of Education degree, you can earn an ESL endorsement. Through the 15-credit ESL endorsement program, you can study how to bridge the language gap for students whose first language is not English. You can complete the ESL endorsement program in 10 months.

If you are seeking Nebraska ESL endorsement, you can complete 15 hours of specific coursework in our TESOL program. If you reside in another state, ESL certification is possible and is based on specific licensure requirements and program approval in that state.

Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses

NCATE through CAEP

Concordia NebraskaMaster’s in TESOL online | English as a Second Language (ESL) | Concordia Nebraska Core Concepts

Concordia University, Nebraska's online TESOL master's program gives students the in-depth knowledge and training needed to effectively teach English language and literacy to students from all backgrounds and of all ages whose first language is other than English. The program builds understanding of and value for all cultural backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes

Students will experience 45 hours of practicum, working with students whose first language is other than English.

Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of second language learning and teaching

Students will gain an understanding of curriculum selection, evaluation, development, assessment and evaluation as related to second language learners

Students will explore the research-based instructional methods for teaching writing skills to ESL students of all ages

Students will learn the major theories of learning a second language, how second language research is completed and the major findings of research that impacts classroom instruction and ESL student learning

Program Goals


Build understanding of language as a system (including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics) 


Support English language learners (ELLs) as they acquire English language and literacy in order to achieve in the content areas


Understand major concepts, principles, theories and research related to first and second language acquisition and development


Commit to professional standards and growth opportunities and team-based partnerships with colleagues and students’ families


Develop understanding of the nature and role of culture and cultural groups in literacy and language 


Construct supportive learning environments for ELLs