General MA-TESOL

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General MA-TESOL

The General MA-TESOL is for candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree from Wheaton or another institution and are seeking to deepen their cultural understanding and pedagogy for teaching English as a second language (ESL) or teaching English as a Foreign language (EFL). Whether students are planning on teaching overseas or in downtown Chicago, the degree equips students for the extensive TESOL opportunities that are available worldwide.

  • Opportunities in the U.S. include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in colleges and universities, language institutes, company-sponsored programs, and centers for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. or another English-speaking country.
  • Opportunities abroad include teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools (K-12), language institutes and international schools.
  • By earning the MA degree, already-licensed K-12 teachers can add an endorsement in ESL and bilingual education and expand their horizons.


Three Pathways

Residential MA in TESOL

  • Students take courses in the fall and spring semesters (full-time or part-time) in classes on campus, usually offered in the late afternoons and evenings. Students may also take summer intensive classes in June and July.
    Benefits of this model: access to faculty mentoring, local and overseas internships, campus community and events, presentations at conferences.

TESOL Flex – Summer/Online MA in TESOL

  • Students take courses in the summer session (June-July) and during the year in online format. Summer classes meet daily in an intensive format. Online classes are blended with residential classes and are taught by regular Wheaton faculty.
  • Teachers and others who are working full -time outside of the Chicago area can complete the program in little over two years (three summers). Benefits include a sense of community during the on-campus sessions and access to Wheaton faculty throughout the year in high-quality online courses.

Field-Based MA in TESOL (ELIC)

  • ELIC teachers (and others based in Asia and the Middle East) take courses in Thailand each January and on Wheaton’s campus each July, earning the degree in 2 to 2.5 years.
    Benefits include a cycle of coursework, teaching, and reflection over an extended period of time, in community with other long-term EFL teachers. Graduates often move into leadership positions in their agencies. Ministry-related courses are taken on campus (rather than online) to avoid security concerns for teachers in Creative Access countries. Projects can be tailored to specific teaching contexts.

Learn more about the General MA-TESOL and ICCT Programs