Learning Matters.

Reach across cultures with our 33-credit Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree program.

Whether you plan to assist new arrivals to America within local schools or are preparing for an international mission, Cornerstone PGS can help.

  • Overview

    • School: Adult & Graduate Studies
    • Division: Education TESOL
    • Degree Type: Master of Arts
    • Format: Blended, Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Program Length: 24 months
    • Delivery Format: Blended and online
      • Accelerated cohort model
      • Courses offered one at a time
    • Total Program Credit Hours: 33
    • Program Start Date: Cohorts begin periodically throughout the year. Speak with an enrollment counselor today to learn more.
    • Residency Requirement: While the online program requires participants to attend two approved TESOL conferences and/or seminars, the blended program requires two one-week, on-campus residencies.
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission


    • New Skills and Proficiencies: You'll graduate equipped to understand the structure of languages and their development within social contexts, theories relating to second language acquisition and practical ways to integrate technologically-enhanced instructional techniques into your educational strategy. These knowledge areas will prepare you to teach and minister in cross-cultural settings.
    • Career Opportunities: Missions, ESL K-12 teacher, ESL adult teacher, curriculum development, higher education, teacher trainers, program administration
  • Admission Requirements

    • Application ($25 fee)
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Send a completed transcript release form for each college you've attended to the PGS enrollment team, and we'll request your transcripts!
    • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. in undergraduate course work
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional resume

    English Language Proficiency

    If your primary language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

    For admission to Cornerstone's Master of Arts in TESOL degree program, you must achieve one of the following minimum scores:

    • Paper-based TOEFL test: 577
    • Computer-based TOEFL test: 233
    • Internet-based TOEFL test: 90-91
    • Minimum IELTS score: 7.0
  • Tuition Costs and Financing

    To understand the total estimated cost for the Master of Arts in TESOL program, review a breakdown of expenses:

    • Application Fee: $25
    • Tuition Cost: $460 per credit hour
    • Technology Fee: $40 per course
    • Resource Fee: $75 per course
    • Reservation Fee: $30
    • Total Estimated Cost: $16,500

    Cornerstone University's commitment to offer you a competitively priced degree means that we partner with you to ensure its affordability. Preview our STEP-BY-STEP FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST.

    Related Programs

    • ESL Endorsement: Build upon your Michigan teaching certification, earning an endorsement to teach English as a Second Language in Michigan's public schools.
    • TESOL Graduate Diploma: Learn more about the value of earning a TESOL Graduate Diploma, preparing you to serve in a ESL ministry or as a paraprofessional in the public schools.

    "My professors and the fellow students in my cohort have had a significant impact in my life, and this program has played an important role in both pointing me toward the next steps God has for me and preparing me to take them." —Hannah Thelander (M.A. '15)

Program Courses and Catalog

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree requires completion of the following courses:

  • Issues in TESOL (LIN-501) — 2 credit hours, 3 sessions
  • TESOL Methodology I (LIN-565) — 3 credit hours, 5 sessions
  • Introduction to Linguistics (LIN-525) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Advanced English Grammar (LIN-535) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Sociolinguistics (LIN-555) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Second Language Acquisition (LIN-556) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • TESOL Methodology II (LIN-566) — 3 credit hours, 5 sessions
  • TESOL Methodology III (LIN-568) — 2 credit hours, 3 sessions
  • Action Research (LIN-557) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • Materials Development and Integration (LIN-558) — 3 credit hours, 6 sessions
  • TESOL Capstone (LIN-594) — 5 credit hours, 7 sessions

View the 2017-18 Professional & Graduate Studies Graduate Academic catalog for graduation requirements and course descriptions

Your Next Step

Join a cohort of working professionals on the path toward career advancement. To begin, submit your application now or schedule an appointment with an enrollment counselor.

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