2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in ESL

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These 24 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in ESL, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $8,000. Buena Vista University, our top-ranked school, has the lowest tuition on the list at only $3,750 per year. Classes at Buena Vista University include Applied Linguistics, Curriculum Development and Assessment in ESL, Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners, and Introduction to Second Language Acquisition. Ranked #2, Campbellsville University offers a tuition rate of $4,485 annually.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $3,750
# 2 #2 $4,485
# 3 #3 $4,529
# 4 #4 $4,671
# 5 #5 $4,891
# 6 #6 $5,274
# 7 #7 $6,060
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) $6,300
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) $6,300
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) $6,400
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) $6,400
# 12 #12 $6,450
# 13 #13 $6,484
# 14 #14 $6,525
# 15 #15 $6,562
# 16 #16 $6,570
# 17 #17 $6,600
# 18 #18 $6,630
# 19 #19 $6,631
# 20 #20 $6,750
# 21 #21 $6,810
# 22 #22 $6,900
# 23 #23 $7,080
# 24 #24 $7,225
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 227
  • Example Classes: Applied Linguistics; Collaborating with Home, School & Community Partners; Curriculum Development and Assessment in ESL; Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners; Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,450
  • Example Classes: Contrastive Analysis; Discourse Analysis; Language and Culture; Linguistic Phonetics; Materials and Methods I: Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation; Second Language Acquisition

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Annual Tuition: $4,529
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,772
  • Example Classes: Change, Creativity and Innovation; Inquiry into Instructional Practice; Instructional Leadership: Professionalism and Collaboration; Learning Theory & Curriculum Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Learning and Instructional Design - ESOL (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Education in Learning and Instructional Design - ESOL (Thesis)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,671
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,305
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - Bilingual Education
  • Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - English as a Second Language
  • Annual Tuition: $4,891
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,743
  • Example Classes: Cultural Diversity; Data Analysis and Assessment; ESOL Assessment & Appraisal; ESOL Linguistics; ESOL Methods & Materials; Utilization of Technology in the Classroom

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,511
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,746
  • Example Classes: ESL/Bilingual Assessment; ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods; Foundations of ESL/Bilingual; Language Acquisition for ESL/Bilingual

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teaching & Learning - ESL/Bilingual
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,342
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teaching - English Language Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,362
  • Example Classes: Computer-Based Instructional Technology; Improving ESL Education: Contemporary Methods and Technology; Second Language Testing, Assessment and Evaluation; Teaching Emergent Multilingual Students

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Secondary Education (With English for Speakers of Other Languages P-12 Certification)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 255
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Ministry and TESOL
  • Master of Education in TESOL
  • Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 214
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education: The Teacher Leader - English as a Second Language (P-12)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,816
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning - Bilingual/ESL Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,484
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,090
  • Example Classes: Educational Psychology; History and Politics in Bilingual Education; Issues and Advanced Problems in English as a Second Language; Language Development and Acquisition; Teaching Science, Social Studies and Math in Spanish

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Bilingual/ESL Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,616
  • Example Classes: Culture; Teaching the Exceptional Learner; Technology and Language Learning; Trends, Models, and Methods in Instruction

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in English as a Second Language
  • Annual Tuition: $6,562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,359
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,030
  • Example Classes: Approaches to Teaching of Grammar; Developing Intercultural Awareness and Competence; ESL/EFL Learning and Teaching; Multicultural Education; Sociolinguistics; Special Problems in TESOL

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,879
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with specialization in ESL
  • Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,223
  • Example Classes: Advanced Culture and Language Acquisition for English Language Learners; Advanced Methods and Instructional Materials for English Language Learners; Multicultural Approaches to Diversity in the Classroom

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Teaching - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Coursework)
  • MS in Teaching - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Thesis)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,032
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - TESOL
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 101
  • Example Classes: Applied Linguistics for Bilingual and ELL Education; Assessment of Bilingual (and ELL Students; Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ELL Education

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - Curriculum/Instruction – Bilingual/ESL
  • Annual Tuition: $6,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,611
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 712
  • Example Classes: Advanced Methods of Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language to Adults and Children; Assessment of Bilingual Students; Linguistics for Educators; Methods of Teaching Bilingual Education

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Education - Dual Endorsement (LBS I and Bilingual/ESL)
  • MA in Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 32,516
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 607
  • Example Classes: Advanced Curriculum Methods; ESOL Assessment; ESOL Methods; Reading Specialist Licensure; Reciprocal Reading and Writing Process

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - ESOL Curriculum and Instruction