2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in ESL

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The annual tuition of all schools on this list is less than $8,500, representing the most affordable tuition for an online Master's in ESL. For lowest tuition of $3,760 a year, American College of Education is ranked #1 and offers a Master of Education in Teaching English Learners with classes such as Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students, Linguistics for TESOL, and Curriculum and Instructional Design for Diversity. Southeast Missouri State University is ranked #7 and offers an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for a low tuition of $6,363 a year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 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 $3,760
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,772
#3 #3 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#4 #4 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $6,120
#5 #5 Roosevelt University Annual Tuition $6,225
#6 #6 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#7 #7 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,363
#8 #8 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380
#9 #9 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,400
#10 #10 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,583
#11 #11 Emporia State University Annual Tuition $6,716
#12 #12 University of Alabama in Huntsville Annual Tuition $6,732
#13 #13 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $6,750
#14 #14 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,894
#15 #15 Huntington University Annual Tuition $7,000
#16 #16 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,044
#17 #17 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $7,182
#18 #18 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $7,401
#19 #19 Missouri Western State University Annual Tuition $7,488
#20 #20 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,500
#21 #21 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $7,922
#22 #22 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,007
#23 #23 University of Southern Maine Annual Tuition $8,010
#24 #24 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $8,250
#25 #25 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $8,422
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,760
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $4,772
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Linguistics; Clinical Practice (Student Teaching); Cultural Perspectives for ESOL; Second Language Acquisition; Serving Students with Diverse Needs; Teaching English Grammar for ESOL
  • Annual Tuition: $6,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,363
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 20,328
  • Example Classes:
    Culture; Field Experience for ELL; Language Production, Theory and Acquisition; Professional Role of the ELL Teacher; Subject Specific Pedagogy: ELL; Theories of Second Language Acquisition and Grammar
  • Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • 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: $6,583
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,716
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,185
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Research; Contemporary Issues in Distance Education; Linguistics for Language Teachers; Teaching ESL/EFL; Theories of Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $6,732
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,961
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Cognitive Psychology; Advanced English Grammar Studies - Applied English Linguistics II; Applied Multiculturalism; Critical Issues in ESOL; Differentiated Strategies for Research & Teaching of English Language Learners; Using Assessment to Guide Differentiated Instruction
  • 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: $6,894
  • 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: $7,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $7,044
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $7,182
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 943
  • Example Classes:
    Contrastive Analysis; Discourse Analysis; Language and Culture; Linguistic Phonetics; Materials and Methods I: Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation; Second Language Acquisition
  • Annual Tuition: $7,401
  • 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: $7,488
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,682
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Linguistics for Teaching of ELL; Cross-cultural Understanding for Teachers; Directed Study and Research; Foundation of Teaching English as Second Language; Language Assessment and Evaluation of ELL Students; Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • Annual Tuition: $7,922
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,454
  • Example Classes:
    Academic Listening & Speaking; Culture in Language Learning; Global Contexts of ESL; Linguistics for TESOL; Technology & Language Learning; Theories of Language Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $8,007
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,010
  • 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: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • Example Classes:
    Assessing English Language Learners; ESL Field Experience; Human Language and Culture; Issues and Trends in Early Literacy Development; Second Language Methodologies
  • Annual Tuition: $8,422
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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
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