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

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.

Designed for both international and domestic students alike, our MA in TESOL is a one-year, full-time residency program on our Malibu campus 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 program culminates in a digital portfolio capstone experience in place of a thesis.

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.

Program Benefits

One Year Program

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

Malibu Campus

Study and enjoy on-campus housing amenities on our top-ranked Malibu campus overlooking scenic beaches and the pacific ocean.

Quick Facts

Format: Daytime
Term: Fall
Locations: Malibu/Calabasas
Length: 1 year / 32 units
Tuition: $1,365 per unit

 

 

Reputable Program

Prestigious MA in TESOL program at one of the highest-ranked universities in the US.

 

CAEP Aligned

All TESOL courses are aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

 

Countless Opportunities

Networking and participation in professional organizations and conferences along with support for student presentations.

 

Built-In Doctoral Pathway

Earn credit towards your choice of multiple doctoral programs within the TESOL curriculum as one of Pepperdine's progressive degree programs.

 

Internationally-Recognized Faculty

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

We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.


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Year Program

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of the Highest-Ranked Universities in the US

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$10,000+

Scholarships Available

 

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

FEB
22

Priority Application Form Submit: Submit the application. Supplemental materials are not required. You may be eligible to receive an additional $3,000 scholarship.

MAY
31

Application Form Submit: Submit the application form. Supplemental materials are not required.

 

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Curriculum Overview

This TESOL masters program includes 32 units of coursework. You will experience a 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, 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.

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Student Experience

  • Build community with peers and colleagues through a cohort model and residential experience. Students create lifelong relationships by living and studying together on campus. Students do not just find community in the program, but as part of the larger GSEP and Pepperdine family as well.

  • 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.
  • 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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Location

Classes are held at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses. The 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 at our scenic Malibu campus.

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

TESOL is a growing field that offers the opportunity to make a difference. Students grow both intellectually and personally into the best possible expression of themselves prepared for meaningful work and purposeful lives.

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.

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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. 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.

Testimonial

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There are lots of places where we can get support on this campus and especially from our own professors Dr. Miyake-Trapp and Professor Chen, who are adamant in helping us every step of the way in our learning.

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

  • GSEP 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.
  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

  • GSEP 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.

Contact Us

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Vanessa Rosales
Enrollment Officer
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

310.568.5772

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