• Master of Arts in English as a Second Language

    Hamline is a Recognized Leader in ESL, TESOL, and EFL.

    Innovative educators who are passionate about teaching English as a second language and want to inspire, challenge, and make a difference in the lives of their students are in demand.

    Hamline School of Education's Master of Arts in English as a Second Language provides you with cutting-edge curriculum grounded in current scholarship, preparing you to maximize your students' language development through effective instruction based on the latest ESL techniques.

    Why Hamline?

    With a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language from Hamline, you will:

    • Gain foundational knowledge in language systems and how they relate to instruction.
    • Understand the relationship between language and culture and how it affects learning.
    • Expand your knowledge of cultural differences and how they manifest in the classroom.
    • Develop the expertise to effectively motivate students while developing and assessing their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
    • Become an advocate for classroom and school environments that facilitate language learning and involve families and communities as partners.
    • Pose questions related to your instruction and develop the skills to systematically investigate those questions.

    Program Overview

    Structure: On-campus or fully-online (for Adult ESL and K-12 Licensure concentrations)
    Time to Complete:
    Approximately 24 months
    Program Begins: Fall, spring, and summer terms
    Curriculum: Varies according to area of concentration
    Cost: View current tuition rates 

    Prerequisites:

    • Two years of high school or one year of college foreign language study
    • Non-native speakers, please see Admission Requirements
  • Learn More

    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about pursuing a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language.

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  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Minnesota. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.  

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

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    About the Program

    Innovative educators who are passionate about teaching English as a second language with immigrant and migrant communities of all ages are in demand.

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    Learn from faculty and staff about School of Education graduate programs at the next info session on November 19.