At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

24 months

Cost per unit


Base cost





*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

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The field-based Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program offers in-service teachers with a secured contract for teaching abroad the opportunity to earn a master’s degree while working in their own classrooms overseas.

Students and faculty gather twice a year for two weeks of face-to-face instruction each January in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and each July at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. A tuition discount applies for students in the program.

The program offers courses and seminars in language acquisition theory, English grammar and pronunciation, socio-linguistics, language teaching methods and materials development, observation and practice in classroom teaching, language assessment, program design, and language-development research.

To enter the program, a teaching contract is needed for terms 1–4, or two full years. Candidates are responsible for securing teaching contracts abroad.

APU also offers the Master of Arts in TESOL in an on-campus and online format. Students in these programs may take up to three courses in the field-based program without having secured a teaching contract abroad.

Program Highlights

  • APU's TESOL programs combine compassionate Christian service with strong academic and practical preparation for language teaching.
  • Students can complete the program in just 24–36 months.
  • Take up to three courses in an online format or on campus in Azusa, California.
  • Expert faculty combined with a diverse student population make for a professionally relevant degree at an affordable price.
  • Program participants study three summer terms in Azusa, California and two winter terms abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.