Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.Ed. TESOL)

The Master of Education (TESOL for Adults) is designed to provide professional growth opportunities for educators from a biblical perspective. Students are introduced to principles and practices for working with adult English Language Learners (ELLs).

The curriculum for this concentration provides opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions in instructional concepts, strategies, and content design to enhance student learning.

The M.Ed. (TESOL for Adults) is available fully online. Students should consult with the M.Ed. program director in planning their degree program.

What You'll Learn 

You will gain a foundation in educational leadership skills such as these:

  • Applying educational theories to effective teaching, analysis, and content-design strategies, as well as the ability to articulate those theories and principles and how they inform education from a biblical worldview
  • Techniques for educational research, problem solving, and assessment, and for fostering a nurturing school culture, including consideration of cultural differences within the community
  • Methods of collaborating and communicating with other professionals and the community, creating a climate conducive to spiritual transformation within the school setting, and being a lifelong learner

Program Length 

This 30-credit-hour degree can take 2-4 years to complete.

Career and Ministry Opportunities With This Degree

Your Master’s in Education will prepare you to do what you do best: teach and lead in a variety of educational settings.

  • Teaching Adults: Teach and use specific techniques in listening, reading, writing, and grammar.
  • Leadership Positions: Develop curriculum for ELLs and explore various methods and techniques to aid ELLs in language acquisition.
  • Academic Careers: Prepare for further graduate work, especially a Ph.D. in education or a related discipline, leading to teaching and research positions at the college and university level.

Why Earn an M.Ed. at CIU Online?

  • Highly engaged, collaborative online classes that use real-life case studies to help students develop familiarity with educational issues and practice addressing them
  • Courses designed with the Christian educator in mind, taught by professors with experience in the subjects they teach
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing both academic and spiritual support and guidance
  • An M.Ed. program consistent with the certification requirements of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)


  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • One professional reference and one general reference
  • Minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA


You can find information about admissions requirements, policies, and time limitations of the program in our academic catalog.

Course of Study (Foundation + Core + Concentration) 30
Foundation   6
EDU 5102 MED Seminar in Core Values 0
EDU 6231 History and Philosophy of Education 3
EDU 7300 Biblical Foundations of Curriculum 3
Core   12
EDU 5331 Understanding the Learner 3
EDU 5430 Authentic Assessment 3
EDU 6110 Curriculum Development and Instruction 3
EDU 6490 Educational Research 3
Genearlist Concentration (Choose 4) *Required for the TESOL certificate 12
LNG 5040 Teaching Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation 3
LNG 5045 Teaching Reading, Writing and Grammar* 3
LNG 5710 Theoretical Foundations for Language Teaching* or LNG 6114 3
LNG 6114 Introduction to Linguistics* or LNG 5710 3
LNG 6655 Introduction to Syntax 3
LNG 6656 Advanced English Grammar* 3