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

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These 22 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 Buena Vista University $3,750
# 2 #2 Campbellsville University $4,485
# 3 #3 Wichita State University $4,529
# 4 #4 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $4,671
# 5 #5 Fort Hays State University $4,891
# 6 #6 Valdosta State University $5,274
# 7 #7 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) American Public University System $6,300
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) University of Alabama $6,300
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Huntington University $6,400
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Union College - KY $6,400
# 12 #12 The University of Texas Permian Basin $6,484
# 13 #13 Trevecca Nazarene University $6,525
# 14 #14 University of Missouri $6,562
# 15 #15 Southeast Missouri State University $6,570
# 16 #16 Lamar University $6,600
# 17 #17 Pittsburg State University $6,630
# 18 #18 Quincy University $6,750
# 19 #19 Marshall University $6,810
# 20 #20 Saint Xavier University $6,900
# 21 #21 Western Governors University $7,080
# 22 #22 Newman University $7,225
#1
#1

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake (IA)
Annual Tuition: $3,750
Annual Tuition: $3,750
Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 283
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (712) 749-2400

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
#2
#2

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 913
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 789-5000 x5000

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 to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,529
Annual Tuition: $4,529
Annual Tuition: $4,529
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 632
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 978-3456

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)
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,671
Annual Tuition: $4,671
Annual Tuition: $4,671
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,514
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 917
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

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
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $4,891
Annual Tuition: $4,891
Annual Tuition: $4,891
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

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)
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,107
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,886
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 333-5800

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)
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

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
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

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
#8
#8

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,856
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,659
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010

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)
#10
#10

Huntington University

Huntington (IN)
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 965 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 74
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 87
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (260) 356-6000

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
#10
#10

Union College - KY

Barbourville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 153
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 546-4151

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)
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1133
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,827
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 589
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (432) 552-2020

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
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $6,525
Annual Tuition: $6,525
Annual Tuition: $6,525
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1288
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 559
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 248-1200

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
#14
#14

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 835
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,423
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

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)
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,223
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 481
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 651-2000

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)
#16
#16

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,222
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (409) 880-7011

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 - ESL
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $6,630
Annual Tuition: $6,630
Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 916 -1185
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 231-7000

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)
#18
#18

Quincy University

Quincy (IL)
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 222-8020

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
#19
#19

Marshall University

Huntington (WV)
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 935
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 596
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 642-3463

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
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 49
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 297
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (773) 298-3000

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)
#21
#21

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 98,630
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 37,509
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 274-3280

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)
#22
#22

Newman University

Wichita (KS)
Annual Tuition: $7,225
Annual Tuition: $7,225
Annual Tuition: $7,225
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 985 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 121
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 135
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 942-4291

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