Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

Whether you are a globetrotter who is passionate about education or a certified teacher who wants to expand your professional repertoire, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate programs at Binghamton University can help meet your needs.

The Master of Arts (MA)  in TESOL enables graduates to teach in English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) programs in higher education settings (colleges or universities) in the U.S. or across the globe.

This program is also suitable for international students who wish to be involved in English education around the world, such as adult EFL programs in higher education or various private English programs. We offer diverse learning environments where students from China, El Salvador, Colombia, Korea and American students share their own experience and develop their academic knowledge and professional skills.

Program requirements

The MA in TESOL is a 33-credit program, which also requires fieldwork, an internship, and a capstone project.

Prospective international students, including Fulbright students, can choose to complete the program over four consecutive semesters.

Note:  The MA in TESOL does not lead to New York State teacher certification.

Culminating paper/project requirement

Students in the TESOL programs enroll in an advisor-guided capstone course in their final semester. This capstone course provides a unified research base upon which to complete the culminating research project.  

Plan of study

The plan of study for the MA in TESOL program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

Required courses


For questions about Binghamton University's Master of Arts in TESOL program, contact tlel@binghamton.edu.

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To apply to this program, visit our Admissions page.