Master of Science in Education


  • Learn to teach English language learners in other countries and to teach in the United States in private schools, adult programs, and universities.
  • This master's program equips you to be a qualified, confident teacher of English as a second language (ESL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) through both coursework and a supervised internship.
  • This program does not lead to New York state teacher certification for grades kindergarten-12. (If you seek certification: Nazareth's TESOL and ESOL certification programs.)
  • Hybrid delivery: You have the option to cluster your classes to be on campus only one night a week, on Thursdays, and to do other coursework online.


Evening classes


Hybrid (part online) classes


Complete in as fast as 12 months full-time


Complete an internship at Nazareth's English Language Institute

Program is Ideal For

  • Learning to teach English language learners in any country
  • Learning to teach English as a second language at private schools and university programs in the United States
  • International students who want to pursue doctoral studies in second-language acquisition, TESOL, applied linguistics, or related areas

Curriculum Examples

  • Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Culture and Context in TESOL/Bilingual Curriculum and Assessment
  • Principles and Practices in TESOL
  • Technology for Language and Culture Instruction
  • Advanced English Language Proficiency
  • Language and Literacy Development for English Language Learners

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, partner benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Student's Perspective

"The positive learning environment, respectful faculty, and rigorous curriculum make TESOL a strong program that enhanced my professional competencies and led to my current career as a qualified English as a foreign language teacher. My opinions and participation were valued by both professors and peers, and I benefited from classmates' experiences and insights, since most of them were experienced teachers or leaders from varied areas. Compared with TESOL programs at other colleges/universities, where non-native speakers account for the biggest category, the TESOL program at Nazareth provides more practical knowledge, as well as English language proficiency for foreign students like me."

Yanhua Yang '16G, International Baccalaureate English teacher in Shanghai, China

What to Expect

  • Nazareth's affordable cost for grad teaching degrees makes this high-demand certification within reach, enabling you to fill a needed teaching position in a school district in the local region or beyond.
  • Both native English speakers and international students are encouraged to apply for this 10-course master's degree program.
  • Learn to understand and incorporate linguistics, language acquisition theories, grammar pedagogy, cultural implications, technology, instructional strategies, and curriculum design into English language teaching (ELT).
  • Elective classes provide the option to interact with students from a variety of majors.
  • Observe local language teachers, refine your teaching and presentation techniques, and employ your skills in a supervised internship.
  • Nazareth's full-time director of clinical experiences and partnerships and full-time certification officer provide you with strong support, including prep for certification exams and facilitating hands-on experiences with students. If you're working in a school district, this can include facilitation with your own school district so you can meet degree requirements while keeping your job.
  • Your full-time career coach for education (part of Nazareth's nationally recognized Center for Life's Work) is available for resume, interviewing, and job search guidance.
  • Additional guidance and support is available from your individual academic advisor and from the School of Education's director of academic support services.

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