Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A Commitment to Connecting Research with Practice

The University of Cincinnati Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction TESOL program is designed to prepare educators to meet the changing linguistic needs of today’s diverse population. Beyond learning theory of language, you’ll discover how family cultures can be effectively embraced in the classroom. Students gain a conscious knowledge of language as a system and learn to be effective language teachers. Teachers use this knowledge to develop appropriate goals and a wide variety of techniques for teaching students to listen, speak, read, and write so that they may communicate effectively in English and monitor their own use of language.

Teachers who specialize in developing the English skills of students who speak other languages play a vital role in the evolution of today’s education environments. Join the online UC TESOL program and learn to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse student population with confidence. They understand the ways in which languages are similar and different. Graduates of the UC TESOL program can relate their knowledge of English to languages commonly spoken by their own students and are able to build on similarities between English and students’ home languages, and anticipate difficulties that learners may have with English.

Graduates of the TESOL program are eligible to apply for the TESOL certificate/endorsement from the state of Ohio. Out-of-state graduates will need to check with their state’s Department of Education to see if this program will meet the needs to fulfill the requirements for similar certificates/endorsements.

Upon completing this program, graduates are required to pass a Praxis Series Exam to obtain their endorsement in the state of Ohio. Graduates residing in other states will need to determine their state’s specific requirements for licensure. For more information about the Praxis Series, click here.

TESOL Program

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TESOL Faculty

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TESOL Curriculum

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  • Janice says:

    Interested in the UC TESOL program. Do you offer any online courses for the program? Thanks so much.

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hello Janice, it’s a pleasure to hear from you! Yes, we do offer our Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on TESOL 100% online. Please call me at 800-226-0075 so that we can discuss the program together. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • nara says:

    Hi, I am interested in obtaining a Master’s Degree in TESOL. Do you offer online courses that can be spread out over 2-3 years? Thank you.

  • Kyle Wallace says:

    Hi Nara, Great question! Our Master’s degree is designed to take 2 years and is 100% online. Please feel free to contact me at 800-226-0075 and we can discuss more about the program!

  • Melissa says:

    Does UC not offer ANY Master of Education degree programs for students interested in postsecondary education? It seems as though ALL programs are exclusive to K-12 teachers.

  • Kyle Wallace says:

    Hi Melissa – At this time our online programs are only geared for K-12 teachers. It is always possible we may add additional degrees in the future. Sorry we couldn’t be of any help. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at 800-226-0075.

  • Kate says:

    When the program is complete, will I be able to obtain a TESOL teaching license through the state?

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hello Kate – Our program is designed to lead to a TESOL endorsement in the state of Ohio. You would have to check with your individual state to determine if will meet the requirements in your state for an endorsement that may be similar to ours.

  • Christian Muhawenimana says:

    Hi, my name is Christian Muhawenimana, BA Ed. I would like to pursue a Master of Education (Teaching English as Second Language) OR Master of Education (Education Leadership) but I come from a very poor family and my family income is very minimal. So, can get funding on the consideration I am originally from a very poor country (Rwanda) in Africa?

  • Thomas Furio says:

    Hi Christian. Thank you for your interest in the University of Cincinnati. I understand that pursuing a graduate level program can be a financial challenge. If you are currently here in the United States, you may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. It is a non-needs based program. You can get more information about financial aid from this web site: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Also, if you are currently teaching in a lower socio-economic area or a Title 1 school, you may be eligible for the TEACH Grant. You can get more information about that from their web site: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp. I am available to connect with you on the phone to go into greater detail about your options, please contact me at 800-226-0075.

  • Kimberly says:

    Can I take a class as a non matriculated student? I just need to take one class to finish my ESL certification.

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hi Kimberly – It’s a pleasure to hear from you! We do offer non-matriculating classes each quarter. Please give me a call so we can discuss your options in greater detail, you can reach me at 800-226-0075 I look forward to hearing from you! Take care, Jeannie

  • Amanda Snyder says:

    Do you offer any of these programs on campus and not online?


  • Master of Education Admissions says:

    Hello Amanda! The answer to your question is yes! Our Master of Education programs are offered online and on campus. In fact, the instructors teaching our on campus courses are also the instructors teaching our online courses. We’d love the opportunity to discuss our programs with you to help determine if we are the right fit. Please feel free to contact us at 800-226-0075.

  • Patrick McCarthy says:

    Hi! I am looking at going to Taiwan this Fall to teach English there and I was wondering if UC offers certification only (not a Master’s program) for TEFL or TESOL and if I could get certified this summer through UC. I appreciate the help.

  • Darrell says:


    I wonder if it be possible for me to hired by your department to teach the masters in tesol program here in South Korea. I have a Masters degree in Distance Education and I am currently doing my online doctorate in Higher Education Leadership with University of Calgary. I also have 11 years experience in teaching English. Let me know if you require my services

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hi Patrick,

    It’s a pleasure to hear from you! We actually do offer TESOL certificate from K thru 12th grade and are taking application for the summer quarter. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us at (800) 226-0075 and we will be happy to assist you!

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hi Darrell,
    It’s a pleasure to hear from you! Please contact Laura Dell, who is our Academic Director, at 513-556-0238. She might be able to guide you to the right department. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us at (800) 226-0075 and we will be happy to assist you!

  • Heather says:

    I have been told there is a 100% on-line TESOL endorsement program that is offered at a less expensive rate? Can you tell me more about this?

  • Hello Heather, thank you for interest. We do offer a 100% online TESOL endorsement program. The cost of the program is based on different variables. For more detailed information please call our admissions office at (800)226-0075 and one of our enrollment advisors will assist you.

  • ANA says:

    Hello, I am interested in your masters degree in education, but I am in Ecuador, can I still apply?

  • Hello Ana – Thank you for contacting us on our Master of Education program. The great news is that you can participate in our program from anywhere there is an internet connection. Please give us a call at 800-226-0075 and an enrollment advisor will get you all of the information you need.

  • Ethan says:

    I’m currently working on an MA in Cultural Studies and have a BA in Philosophy. When finished with my current MA I’m considering doing an MA in tesol.

    Two years of teaching experience is listed as an admission requirement but, what kind of teaching experience? This year I’ll be teaching cultural studies courses at Ohio State. Next, I plan on teaching English for a year or two in Japan before coming back to continue my education. Would such teaching experience meet the admission requirement for the tesol MA program?

  • Hi Ethan, Thanks for contacting us regarding the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction TESOL program. Two years of teaching experience is strongly recommended (not required) for students interested in pursuing this degree path, however admissions requirements are subject to change. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075 for more information regarding admissions requirements.

  • Lynda says:

    Hi- I have a BA in English Writing Arts from SUNY Oswego and would like to get my Masters in Education. Which course path would you recommend to accomplish this? Either teaching High School or ESL.

  • Hello Lynda,

    Thank you for contacting us. We offer a variety of Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction concentrations. Please contact us at 800-226-0075 to go over the concentrations to find the best fit for you.

  • hessam says:

    I was wondering if this department offers any TESOL related PhD programs.
    Thank you

  • Hi Hessam, thank you for inquiring about our Master’s in Education in Curriculum & Instruction TESOL. At this time, we only have the TESOL at the graduate level we do not offer PhD programs online. You can contact UC directly at 513-556-1100 to find out about any PhD programs being offered. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 800-226-0075.

  • Kelsey says:

    Hi, I am interested in your Masters program for TESOL, but I do not have a teaching license or Education degree, I graduated with my bachelors in Psychology from Miami University. Would I still be allowed to get my Masters in TESOL?

  • Jackie says:

    Do you offer the TESOL Certification Online Program unrelated to a degree program?

  • Hi Kelsey, along with a few other requirements, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The fact that you do not hold a degree in education or teaching license does not prevent you from applying to the program. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075.

  • Jackie, the University of Cincinnati Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program offers online opportunities for the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement/Graduate Certificate. Please give us a call at 800-226-0075 to speak with an enrollment advisor for more information.

  • Alissa says:

    I already have a Master’s from Miami and an Undergrad from UC. What do I need to do to have a TESOL Certification without getting a second Master’s?

  • James Mangan says:

    Will the physical diploma indicate whether the course work was taken on campus or online? Unfortunately, there are employers who disregard degrees earned online.

  • James, thank you for your inquiry. Students who graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s online Master of Education program receive the same prestigious degree as students attending on our campus. The diploma will not distinguish that you were a distance education student with the online Master of Education program or whether you attended on-campus. Prospective students can place confidence in our University’s notable reputation for excellence and high standards while learning on-campus or online from a distance. The resulting graduation and degree is the same; in fact, you should plan to attend graduation ceremonies to celebrate your accomplishment. If you have additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075.

  • Shannon says:

    Could you please contact me by email to answer a few questions and recommendations about the TESOL program? I am currently overseas until August 2013 with limited internet access, so email is best. Thank You.

  • Hi Shannon, thank you for your interest. We will have an Enrollment Advisor reach out to you. They can also be reached at admissionsmed@mastersed.uc.edu or by filling out the form at the top of this page. Thank you.