Master of Education in TESOL

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SHSU’s Master of Education in International Literacy

best-online-programs-grad-education-2014 US News and World ReportThe Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed for teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language. The program addresses the theories of language instruction and incorporates research-based best practices for teaching English language learners. In addition to receiving the M.Ed., our graduates earn a certificate in Second Language Instruction from Sam Houston State University.

This 30 hour online degree program is nationally accredited and addresses standards of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This program is designed for ESL/EFL professionals who teach at a variety of levels—from the young child through the adult learner.

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Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Articulate theories, processes, and principles of second language acquisition and second language literacy acquisition.
  • Examine the linguistic, sociocultural, cognitive, and psychological foundations of language and literacy.
  • Identify instructional strategies and materials that promote the acquisition of language and literacy for English language learners.
  • Evaluate informal and formal assessments for English language learners.
  • Engage in reflective analysis of personal beliefs and systematic inquiry into diverse cultures in order to construct a pedagogy in which diversity is an explicit part of the curriculum
  • Integrate technology to enhance the learning opportunities of English language
  • Conduct research in second language learning and teaching. 
Program Breakdown
Degree Type Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Length 30 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

“I have had an outstanding experience with the International Literacy program at Sam Houston University. It has given me the knowledge, tools and confidence to achieve both my career and educational goals. In fact, since starting the program many exciting things have developed. I have been invited to give literacy related presentations at international conferences in Oman, Dubai, Cairo, Malaysia and Thailand. The professors in the program have been extremely supportive, encouraging and helpful in all these endeavors and I simply couldn’t have done it without their encouragement.”

- Rachel, EFL teacher, Kuwait

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