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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

Cost: $1,365 per unit
Units: 32
Terms: Fall
Length: 1 year
Location(s): Malibu/Calabasas
Format: Daytime

Make a Difference Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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. Graduates of our MA in TESOL degree program will be prepared for a variety of career options in the education and consultancy fields.
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.

Designed for both domestic and international students alike, our MA in TESOL is a full-time residency program that 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

  • $10,000+Scholarships Available
  • CAEPAligned
  • MalibuCampus Location
  • GRENot Required

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious MA in TESOL program at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.
  • Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance.
  • No GRE or any other standardized tests required. We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.
  • Doctoral pathway courses within the program curriculum.
  • Classes are held at the Calabasas and Malibu campuses. The Malibu campus sits on 830 acres and overlooks the Pacific Ocean with nearly every spot on campus featuring stunning views of the ocean. Pepperdine is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study.
  • Access to graduate student housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus.
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Small class sizes and a low faculty: student ratio provides a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, and long-term professional and personal relationships.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Opportunities for continued participation in professional organizations and conferences.
  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals.
  • Relevant and emerging field with strong projected employment growth and attractive earning potential.
  • Career Services Center dedicated exclusively to the field of education to support professional advancement.

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

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. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $43,680
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $33,680

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from 2019-2020 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.

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages provides professional value both inside and outside of the classroom. After earning your MA, 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

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Recruitment and Admissions
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology