TESOL FAQs

What type of employment can I get with an M.A. in TESOL degree?

M.A. TESOL graduates can get an ESL job teaching adults in intensive (pre-college/university) programs, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and workplace programs in the U.S. and abroad. Information for minimum qualifications for ESL/EFL teaching positions can be found online at the TESOL International Organization. Missionaries with an M.A. in TESOL can be teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers or program administrators while serving in an overseas ministry.

How long does it take to complete the M.A. in TESOL program?

The full master’s program takes just under two years. The endorsement option can be completed in 9 months. The blended program starts in July (Grand Rapids, Michigan) with a one-week on-campus session with the fall and spring courses taken online. Then the following summer another one-week session is held on campus, followed by two online courses in the fall. A practicum is then taken in the spring.

Courses for the fully online program are taken in the spring, summer, and fall one course at a time. The online program will also take just under two years. The same courses are required in either the blended or online program.

What type of student enrolls in CU’s TESOL program?

The CU TESOL program has a wide range of students of varying ages and experience. Some are current teachers in the U.S. and others have international teaching experience. Some desire to obtain a state-endorsement in ESL while others are preparing to teach in cross-cultural ministry. A number of our students reside in other countries while taking classes online.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is 18-25 students for on-campus and online courses.

What are the faculty areas of expertise?

Our faculty have the excellent academic credentials along with overseas ministry experience.

What are the strengths and advantages of the M.A. TESOL program?

  • The program is academically strong and includes a clear integration of a Christian worldview.
  • It is focused on the practical and how to teach English effectively anywhere in the world. This is based on knowledge of the theoretical, but not to the exclusion of practical, hands-on learning!
  • The cohort model creates a close-knit community where students become acquainted with their classmates on a deeper level.
  • Ideal location - our campus is situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The online program can be taken anywhere in the world!
  • The program tuition is competitively priced.
  • It provides ideal locations including Grand Rapids, Michigan and online.

Are there opportunities to receive teaching experience?

Yes! Cornerstone University’s TESOL students have opportunities to tutor ESL students in the university Learning Center during the school year. In the summer there is an opportunity to teach ESL when we host Japanese students from Hokuriku Gakuin University and also during our annual study trips to Oxford, UK which include ESL teaching experience.

What are the estimated costs?

For current cost information for the TESOL program, view the PGS tuition and fees information.

Can I transfer credits I have already earned at other institutions?

Cornerstone University will accept a maximum of six master’s level (500 or higher course number) semester hours to be transferred. A course must have been completed within the last seven years and the student’s final grade must be a C or higher.

Do you have a distance learning program?

Yes, our M.A. TESOL program is offered in either a blended on-campus and online program and we also offer a fully online program option. The on-campus courses are offered each July in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The courses offered during the fall and spring semesters are online.

How does an online course work?

Students work through each week’s assignments on their own time; it is “asynchronous” online learning. Specific due dates are given for submitting assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. One common feature in each class is online discussion questions. Students interact with faculty, discussing questions pertinent to the class topic. 

An orientation session is offered on-campus or online at the beginning of the program. This provides students with an opportunity get acquainted with one another and allows them to assimilate into a community of learners before beginning their online courses.

Can I teach elementary, middle school or high school ESL with an M.A.?

The TESOL program focuses on teaching English to children, adolescents and adults. Students with a teaching certificate can earn an additional endorsement to teach ESL (NS endorsement in Michigan, candidate must pass MTTC test 86; English as a Second Language).

Are there computer system requirements for online courses?

Due to the unique nature of online learning, Cornerstone University recommends a minimum system requirement for this program.

Am I responsible for purchasing my own books for the program?

Students pay a book fee for each term and their books will be provided at the beginning of each term.

Is financial aid available?

Federal student loans are available for students enrolled in the M.A. program. Students in the M. A. program who meet specific criteria may be eligible for the federal TEACH grant. To determine if you are eligible for loans or grants, it is recommended that you file a Free Application for Student Aid.