2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in ESL

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This list outlines the plentiful options for low-cost online master's programs in ESL, with some schools offering degrees for less than $5,000 per year. For example, American College of Education is ranked #1 with an annual tuition of only $4,857. Some of these schools offer unique specializations; Union College - KY has an annual tuition of only $6,800, and their program combines teacher leadership with teaching English language learners. University of North Dakota offers a concentration for teaching ESL to students in rural areas for $7,273 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $4,857
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,891
#3 #3 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $5,945
#4 #4 Minnesota State University-Moorhead Annual Tuition $6,222
#5 #5 Roosevelt University Annual Tuition $6,225
#6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,250
#7 #7 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#8 #8 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,584
#9 #9 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,600
#10 #10 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Annual Tuition $6,722
#11 #11 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,738
#12 #12 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $6,750
#13 (tie) #13 (tie) Huntington University Annual Tuition $6,800
#13 (tie) #13 (tie) Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,800
#15 #15 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,894
#16 #16 Missouri Western State University Annual Tuition $7,055
#17 #17 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $7,056
#18 #18 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $7,133
#19 #19 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $7,273
#20 #20 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $7,402
#21 #21 University of Southern Maine Annual Tuition $7,635
#22 #22 Sierra Nevada College Annual Tuition $7,770
#23 #23 University of Northern Colorado Annual Tuition $7,800
#24 #24 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $8,160
#25 #25 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,218
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,857
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,844
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students; Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching ELLS; Curriculum and Instructional Design for Diversity; Diverse Learners; Linguistics for TESOL; Standards-driven Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $4,891
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Diversity; Data Analysis and Assessment; ESOL Assessment & Appraisal; ESOL Linguistics; ESOL Methods & Materials; Utilization of Technology in the Classroom
  • Annual Tuition: $5,945
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 157
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Authentic Assessment Strategies & Evaluation of ELLs; Exceptionality, Diversity, and Difference; Issues in School, Community, and Family; Methods of Teaching English and Academic Content to ELLs; Supervision and Assessment of Teachers & Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $6,222
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 718
  • Example Classes:
    Designing ESL Courses; English Structures; Pedagogical Grammar; Psychological Foundations of Education; Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language and Literacy; Theory and Process of Consultation and Collaboration
  • Annual Tuition: $6,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,895
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Frameworks for Teaching Diverse Learners; Assessing Student Learning; Assessment of Bilingual Students; Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Student; Linguistics for Esl Teachers; Methods and Materials for Teaching Esl
  • Annual Tuition: $6,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,285
  • Example Classes:
    Approaches to Teaching of Grammar; Developing Intercultural Awareness and Competence; ESL/EFL Learning and Teaching; Multicultural Education; Sociolinguistics; Special Problems in TESOL
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,961
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Linguistics in TESOL Education; Diversity and Cultural Issues in TESOL; English Language Learners; Instructional Leadership; Methods and Materials in TESOL Education; Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,584
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,032
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Psychology; Intercultural Communication in the ESL Classroom; Linguistics for ESL; Methods & Materials for ESL: Literacy Acquisition; Second Language Acquisition; Using the Internet in the Classroom
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,693
  • Example Classes:
    Diverse Learners; ESL Curriculum and Assessment; Literacy for English Language Learners; Methods and Approaches in Teaching ESL; Student Expectations & Motivation; Using Assessment Data to Guide Instructional Decisions
  • Annual Tuition: $6,722
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,159
  • Example Classes:
    Creating a Professional Learning Community; Curriculum and the Multicultural Classroom; Educational Technology Applied to the Classroom; Linguistics for the ESL Educator; Methods for Teaching English as a Second Language; Utilizing Data for School Improvement
  • Annual Tuition: $6,738
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,419
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Pedagogy in Educational Reform; ESL Methods; Graduate Seminar in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Teacher as Researcher; Teaching Multicultural Heritage of the Southwest; Topics: in Bilingual Education: Linguistics
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 749
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Grammar for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Assessment of English Language Learners and Legislation of English for Speakers of Other Languages; Cross-Cultural Communication and Education; Developing Literacy with ELLs through Applied Linguistics; Foundations of Educating English Language Learners and Second Language Acquisition; Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 299
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research Methods; Current Issues in TESOL Education; Curriculum Design and Content Standards in TESOL Education; Field-based Research Project in TESOL Education; Instructional Methods for TESOL: Listening and Speaking; Teaching English Usage: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pronouncination
  • Annual Tuition: $6,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 227
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Technology Practices for Teacher Leaders; Culturally Responsive Practices for Teacher Leaders; Curriculum and Pedagogy for the ESL Classroom; Linguistic Application for the ESL Classroom; Multicultural Awareness in the ESL Classroom; Practicum in Teaching for the ESL Classroom
  • Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,852
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment of English Language Learners; Collaborative Practices with Families, Schools & Communities; Critical Inquiry in TESOL; Cultural Issues for ESOL Teachers; Language Development and Literacy for English Learners; Language, Power and Pedagogy
  • Annual Tuition: $7,055
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 243
  • Example Classes:
    Language and Culture; Materials and Assessments for ELLs; Methods of Teaching ELLs; Policy, Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs; Research in ELL; Second Language Acquisition
  • Annual Tuition: $7,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,684
  • Example Classes:
    ESL/Bilingual Assessment; ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods; Foundations of ESL/Bilingual; Language Acquisition for ESL/Bilingual
  • Annual Tuition: $7,133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • Example Classes:
    ESOL Curriculum Development; Human Learning; Methods of Teaching English Language Learners; Teaching English Grammar and Pronunciation; Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners; Working with English Language Learners with Special Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $7,273
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,393
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Evaluation in ELL Education; ELL Methods and Materials; Language Structure and Analysis for ELL Teachers; Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners; Multicultural Education; Research and Advocacy in TESOL
  • Annual Tuition: $7,402
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,575
  • Example Classes:
    2nd Language Acquisition & Development; Applied Linguistics in ESL/EFL Settings; Building Relationship With Diverse Family & Child; Computer Assisted Language Learning in English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language; Digital Literacy and Pedagogy; ESL / EFL Methodology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,635
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,666
  • Example Classes:
    Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners; ESL Testing and Assessment; Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom; Seminar in Second Language Literacy; Teacher Research in Literacy; Teaching Writing to Multilingual Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $7,770
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 579
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues and Trends in English Language Acquisition and Development; Language Acquisition Theory and Development Practices; Language, Culture, and Society; Policies, Critical Issues and Best Practices for English Language Learners in Pre-Kindergarten/Elementary Schools; Policies, Critical Issues and Best Practices for English Language Learners in Secondary Schools; Technology and English Language Acquisition and Development
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,076
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Technologies for Multilingual Education; Interventions for Students with Cultural and Linguistic Differences; Language, Linguistics, and Education; Language, School and Society; Second Language Acquisition Theory; Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $8,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,201
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in TESOL; History of the English Language; Linguistics and English Language Teaching; Second Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; TESOL Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $8,218
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,773
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Linguistics in Second and Foreign Languages; Curriculum Development in ESL/EFL; Reading in ESL/EFL Instruction; Sociocultural and Sociolinguistic Perspectives in Language; Special Problems in TESOL; Teaching Interaction
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