College of Education
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares students to deliver quality English instruction to adults in a variety of educational settings. The TESOL program provides a multilingual and multicultural environment, with an emphasis on leadership, service, social justice and individual language rights.

    Seattle University's College of Education TESOL master's degree program prepares ethical and reflective TESOL professionals for service in diverse communities. Our graduates teach adults who seek proficiency in English as their second language, either in the United States or abroad.

    In the United States, where nearly 12 percent of the population is foreign born, TESOL professionals are in high demand — especially those with master's degrees.

    Program Features

    Graduate degree options in TESOL include a Master of Arts degree or a Master of Education degree. Courses combine course planning and instructional practice with theoretical coursework in language acquisition and linguistic theory, supplemented by an internship and fieldwork, and continued involvement in professional organizations. The TESOL program reflects the following themes:

    • Collaboration
    • Globalization
    • Technology
    • Social Justice

    Certificates in TESOL

    The TESOL program at Seattle University offers two certificate programs:

  • TESOL 20th Anniversary Celebration

    The TESOL program is turning 20! Alumni and friends are invited to join us for the anniversary celebration. 

    Friday, November 6

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Casey Commons, Seattle University 

    Download the agenda here

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