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


Earn your master’s in TESOL online at FSU

FSU’s master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an online program that provides rigorous professional training to pre-service and current teachers and practitioners of English as a foreign (EFL) or second language (ESL). The program offers courses that equip students with cutting-edge knowledge of language teaching theory, as well as practical skills used in teaching ESL and EFL courses at different levels based on the latest developments in the field of language teaching. Our TESOL online program prepares students for careers in ESL and EFL teaching, language assessment, teacher training, materials development, program administration, education consulting, and publishing. Students can also go on to pursue a Ph.D. in Second Language Education or Applied Linguistics. The core faculty in our TESOL online program are renowned scholars whose research is published in top journals and whose expertise spans a wide range of areas such as instructed second language acquisition, task-based teaching, research methods, and individual differences in language learning. In addition to a master’s in TESOL, students can also apply for and be awarded a graduate certificate in TESOL at no extra cost upon the completion of the program.

The program has the following features:

  • Flexible: take classes fully online, full time or part-time
  • Affordable: tuition fees among the lowest in the country
  • Student-centered: receive training tailored for your own interests and career goals
  • Prestigious: learn from award-winning professors at a top-ranked university

Interested in teaching English as a second language (ESL) and/or foreign languages, such as Spanish, Italian, German, etc.? Check out our on-campus graduate programs in Foreign and Second Language Education.

Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
  • GRE test scores*. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): – FSU Institution Code: 5219. *Applicants who do not meet the minimum GRE requirements will be evaluated in other aspects of their applications such as teaching experience.
    • Target Scores: Verbal – 146+, Quantitative – 140+
    • The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.
  • NOTE: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants if the applicant meets at least ONE of the following criteria:
    • Three years of professional experience as a practicing educator or equivalent field provided that the candidate can provide evidence of Effective or Highly Effective teacher evaluations, OR
    • Successful completion of six graduate credit hours from the C&I program with a graduate GPA of 3.50 or higher, OR
    • Passing score on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination or an equivalent state certification examination.
    • Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied; please send documentation to Ms. Katie Sanchez. Approval of a GRE waiver does not guarantee admission. Prospective students must still apply and meet all other admissions requirements.

NOTE: The GRE admission requirements for master's and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2022.

  • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5), MELAB (minimum 77), Cambridge C1 Advanced Level (minimum 180), Michigan Language Assessment (minimum 55), and Duolingo (minimum 120)
  • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:

  • Statement of purpose (one page) – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One page resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class, or one that was published.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1


Degree Requirements

The total number of credits required is 33 credit hours. All required or elective courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise specified.
Required Courses (24 credit hours)
TSL 5345: Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages
TSL5351: Form-Focused Instruction
TSL 5440: Language Testing and Evaluation
TSL 5660: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
TSL 5944: Foreign and Second Language Education in Practice
TSL 6641: Research Issues and Designs in Second Language Education
TSL 6665: Instructed Second Language Acquisition
TSL 6371: Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching
TSL 8966: Master's Comprehensive Exam (0 credit hours)
Elective Courses (9 additional credit hours)
TSL 6661: Individual Differences and the Psychology of the Language Learner
TSL 5142: Development of Foreign/Second Language Curriculum and Materials
TSL 5250: Applied Linguistics in Foreign and Second Language Teaching
TSL 5350: Pedagogical Grammar for Foreign and Second LanguageTeachers
TSL 5940: Field Laboratory Internship
TSL 5930: Seminar: Current Issues in Teaching Second Languages
TSL 5931: Seminar: Special Topics in Applied Linguistics


Master's Student Handbook

Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Career Opportunities

There is a high demand for TESOL teachers all over the world. Our TESOL online program prepares students for careers in ESL and EFL teaching, language assessment, teacher training, materials development, program administration, education consulting, and publishing.

A career in education can be very rewarding, and a typical path offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Educators make a difference in the lifelong learning experience of their students, as well as, the quality and standards of the programs they teach.

Our Faculty

Click here to learn more about our faculty in the TESOL online program.

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