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Course Requirements

Students take courses in the sequence below and may start the Online M.A. in TESOL program in Fall Session I or Spring Session I.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A. (online) Requirements36 units
TESL 501
Language Learning through Technology
TESL 505
Second-language Acquisition
TESL 515
Teaching English Grammar
TESL 525
Teaching English Pronunciation
TESL 530
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching
TESL 530
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching
- or -
TESL 535
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching***
TESL 537
Critical Perspectives on Christianity and English Language Teaching
TESL 545
Second-language Pedagogy I
TESL 550
Second-language Pedagogy II
TESL 557
Reflective Teaching
TESL 560
Language Program Design
TESL 570
Second-language Assessment
TESL 580
TESOL Portfolio

*Required courses for the six-unit Certificate in TEFL
**TESL 537 is an elective and may be replaced with an approved course transferred from an accredited M.A. program.
***Not available online.

Online Portfolio Requirement

Students must complete an online portfolio prior to graduation that displays selected student work completed during the program and provides evidence that the student has met and reflected upon each of 15 competencies required in the field of TESOL.

Students work on their portfolios in the final course (TESL 580 TESOL Portfolio) and then can submit them for review as soon as two weeks after the course. The program director and selected faculty members evaluate each portfolio at the end of the program and either suggest specific revisions or approve the portfolio.


For the M.A., prior to graduation, native speakers of English must verify completion within the last 10 years of a minimum of 6 semester units of college-level foreign language with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. Options to satisfy the foreign language requirement include formal coursework and community language learning. Students may also establish proficiency via an exam.

All students graduating from non-English speaking institutions must satisfy APU's English Proficiency Requirements. In addition, the following scores on the Internet-based TOEFL are required for admission to the online or field-based TESOL programs.

Internet-based TOEFL Requirements
Reading: 25
Speaking: 25
Writing: 25
Listening: 25

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of computer and Internet connection do I need?
In order to make the most of your online learning experience, your computer and Internet connection should fulfill APU's online course technical requirements.

How often do I need to be online for the online program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary with each course.

How soon can I finish this program?
Coursework for the online TESOL degree takes 18 months to complete, plus at least one additional month for final portfolio review.

Are scholarships available?
Several types of financial aid, ranging from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships, are available. Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you.

How do I get started?
Online programs may include requirements, procedures, and policies unique to the university's more traditional programs. For more information on how to get started in an APU online program, please contact one of our recruitment counselors at (800) 825-5278 or at

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.