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Pepperdine | Graduate School of Education and Psychology

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

Program Overview

School: Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Cost: $1,320 per unit
Units: 32
Terms: Fall
Length: 1 year
Location(s): Malibu/Calabasas*
Format: Daytime
  • Fall Term: The $1,000 Education For Life Scholarship has been extended. Submit your application by July 13, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT to be considered
*Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.

GSEP is accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please contact our admissions office for any questions. We are open and happy to assist you.


Fall 2020 $1K Scholarship Deadline

Fall 2020 1K

  • The $1,000 Education For Life Scholarship has been extended. Submit your application by July 13, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT to be considered
  • Supplemental paperwork can be provided at a later date

For other program-related deadlines, visit our Deadlines Webpage

Program Overview

The 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.
All 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.

Designed for both domestic and international students alike, this full-time residency program provides students with expertise in second language acquisition, 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 and collaborating in multicultural and multilingual environments. This one-year program culminates in a digital portfolio capstone experience in place of a thesis. 

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Quick Facts

  • $6,500Scholarships Available
  • CAEPAligned
  • MalibuCampus Location
  • GRENot Required

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious program at the #46-ranked university in the US*
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive educational experience
  • Cohort model designed for strong peer support and lifelong professional relationships
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Opportunities for continued participation in professional organizations and conferences
  • Doctoral pathway courses infused into the program curriculum
  • Access to graduate student housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals

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

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in TESOL provides professional value both inside and outside of the classroom. After earning your degree, you may pursue employment in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, including:

  • Elementary, Secondary or Higher Education ESL Teacher
  • English Language Instructor for Children or Adults
  • International Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Language Consultant

Employment Potential

  • Nearly 1.9 million job openings for Preschool through Postsecondary School Teachers are projected between 2014 and 2024*
  • The average annual wage for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in California was over $77,000 in 2017*
  • California had the highest employment level of Elementary School Teachers nationwide in 2017*

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017



What education requirements do I need to have to apply to this program?

You need to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.

How long is the program?

The TESOL program is completed in 1 year.

What is the required GPA?

We ask that you have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your bachelor's program; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program. If you have concerns about your GPA, you're welcome to include a brief 'GPA Statement of Explanation' with your application.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses. For the current schedule, contact us at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu.

What is the maximum amount of time allowed for program completion?

Seven years.

I am an International Applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit? 

Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a NACES member credential service (www.naces.org) such as the World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) or the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org)

If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Admissions
6100 Center Drive 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a minimum passing score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL test requires a minimum passing score of 80. Information concerning the availability of this test in foreign countries can be obtained by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or online at www.toefl.org. As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam. You can find out more at www.ielts.org


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Angie Hoang

Enrollment Officer
Recruitment and Admissions
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology