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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The top-ranked Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program will prepare students to teach English as an additional language from preschool through university, both in the United States and abroad, or to pursue doctoral studies. Graduates are critically engaged and socially aware as they pursue a variety of career options in the education and consultancy fields.

Designed for both international and domestic students alike, our MA in TESOL is an 11 month, full-time residency program on our Malibu campus that provides students with expertise in second language acquisition, pedagogy, and a deep understanding of the complex relationship between language and culture.

Embracing the scholar-practitioner model of professional training, rigorous coursework is conjoined with clinical practicum placements, where students gain real-world experience teaching in multicultural and multilingual learning environments. This program culminates in a digital portfolio capstone experience which allows students to focus on either practice or scholarship/research.

All MA in TESOL courses are aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Standards to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs.


Curriculum Overview

This TESOL master’s program includes 30 units of coursework. You will experience a social justice-oriented curriculum based on current research with a focus on preparing English-language educators with well-rounded and unparalleled theory and practice in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, learning theories, curriculum design, assessment, pedagogy, virtual learning and many other topics. Sociolinguistics and the intersections of language, culture, and society is emphasized along with cutting-edge instructional technology for the language classroom.

There is an additional emphasis on hands-on instruction through a clinical teaching practicum in ESL classrooms, a capstone project, and development of a digital ePortfolio.

The TESOL program may be customized to specialize in one of four pathways:

  • Organizational Leadership and Learning
  • Leadership in Pre-K to 12 Education
  • Learning Design and Technology
  • Higher Education

 

Program Benefits

11 Month Program

Fast-track your career, enter the job market, and start making a difference much sooner than traditional MA in TESOL programs.

Malibu Campus

Study and enjoy on-campus housing on our top-ranked Malibu campus overlooking scenic beaches and the Pacific Ocean.

Quick Facts

Format: Daytime
Term: Fall
Locations: Malibu/Calabasas
Length: 11 month / 30 units
Tuition: $1,425 per unit

 

 

Top-Ranked Program

Join our prestigious MA in TESOL program at one of the highest-ranked universities in the US.

 

CAEP & TESOL Aligned

Learn through courses carefully and systematically aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and TESOL International Standards.

 

Networking Opportunities

Participate and present in professional organizations and conferences with opportunities to network and leverage your degree.

 

Built-In Doctoral Pathway

Earn credit towards your choice of multiple doctoral programs within Pepperdine through the progressive and rigorous TESOL curriculum.

 

Internationally-Recognized Faculty

Engage with supportive and caring instructors who are scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, scholarly credentials, educational and clinical experience.

 

No GRE or Standardized Tests Required

Come with your ability, passion, experience, and commitment to succeed, which we value above test score performance.

 

Technology-Infused and Social Justice Oriented

Empower your students with 21st-century skills through culturally and linguistically affirming pedagogies.

 

Authentic Clinical Practicum Experience

Gain hands-on experience teaching in placements that align with your career goals.


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Of The Highest-Ranked Universities In The US

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Year To Complete Your Masters In TESOL

#1

TESOL Program In California That Can Only Be Completed In-person

$10K+

Scholarships Available

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The only TESOL program with specialization options. 

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Malibu Campus Ranked One Of The Most Beautiful Places To Study

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For Best Weather By Best College Reviews

#49

Ranked In National Universities By USNWR

 

 

Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program.

Get In Touch

Fill out the Request Information form to learn more and get in contact with an Enrollment Officer.

Attend an Info Session

Experience an in-depth overview and meet program leaders.

Start Your Application

Submit the application form early to meet scholarship and enrollment deadlines. It takes less than 15 minutes.

 

Program Deadlines

Aug
19

Enrollment: Final date to submit deposit and Intent to Enroll form.

sep
06

Classes Begin: First day of Fall term.

Information Sessions

Coming soon

 

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Location

Classes are held at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses in sunny California. The expansive Malibu campus sits on 830 acres and overlooks the Pacific Ocean with nearly every spot on campus featuring stunning views of the beaches. Pepperdine is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study. TESOL students also have access to graduate student housing and amenities like the library, gym, and swimming pool at our scenic Malibu campus.

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International and Domestic Student Experiences

  • Build community and lifelong relationships with peers and colleagues through a cohort model and optional residential experience. This community extends beyond the TESOL program to the larger GSEP and Pepperdine family.
  • A dedicated Enrollment Services Officer will make your admissions process easy and comfortable with experience in supporting both international and domestic students.
  • Integration of domestic and international students across campuses. Dedicated support for international students is provided through the Office of International Student Services (OISS).
  • Access to housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus.
  • Opportunities to participate in university social, sporting, cultural, and spiritual events.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Robust alumni network.
  • Partnerships with professional networks and conferences.

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TESOL Newsletter

Stay up to date with the most current information about the TESOL program and field.

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

As our world becomes increasingly diverse, the field of TESOL continues to burgeon and grow. The TESOL degree is unique because it can be leveraged to meet your specific career goals, opening many doors to support language learning in and out of classrooms, curriculum, policy, or research. A Master’s degree in TESOL provides professional value and credibility in any language learning context. With consultations from our Career Center, you will be following in the footsteps of alumni in diverse career paths.

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Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. Incoming GSEP students may be eligible for approximately $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $42,750
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $32,750

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from 2021-2022 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.

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Information Session

TESOL's Program Director, Dr. Kevin Wong, invites you to view a recorded information session

In the video, Dr. Kevin Wong provides a high-level overview of the program, including information about the curriculum, program highlights, the cohort structure, and more.

We also encourage prospective students to attend one of our live virtual information sessions to meet program leadership, hear a more in-depth overview, and ask questions.

Alumni and Faculty Spotlight

"This is a program that goes beyond the academics. They really prepare you for your future jobs. They help you build up your resume, and they help you become more competitive when it comes to job hunting." - Eve Wu, Alumni

Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Distinguished Faculty

  • TESOL faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.
  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • TESOL faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.

 

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Kannan Muralidharan
Associate Director of Enrollment and Admissions
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

310.568.5696

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