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Spring 2024

Classes start on Mar. 13, 2024

Summer 2024

Classes start on May 6 and July 3, 2024

Fall 2024

Classes start on Aug. 28 and Oct. 23, 2024


  • Online

Credit Hours

  • 30 with up to 22 hours in transfer credits possible

Cornerstone University and the M.A. in TESOL degree are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Increase Your Teaching Influence With a Master of Arts in TESOL Online Degree

Teaching English as a second language requires compassion and skill. Whether you want to offer life-changing communication for children or adults in your school, community, church, business, ministry or internationally, an accredited Master of Arts in TESOL extends your career impact.

Cornerstone University’s Master of Arts in TESOL degree is offered online to ensure flexibility to pursue this advanced master’s on your schedule. Taught by experienced faculty who are passionate TESOL educators, you will learn the latest tools, strategies, and research to effectively transfer language learning within a variety of ages and organizational settings to broaden your career opportunities. And you will explore how to integrate Christian faith into your calling to teach with excellence, character and compassion. You will:

  • Explore essential foundations in theories and applications for acquiring second languages, advanced English grammar, English linguistics, sociolinguistics, TESOL methodologies, issues in TESOL.
  • Specialize in the Michigan Department of Education K-12 ESL endorsement, English for Health Care, English for Business and Organizations, or Cross-cultural Ministry.
  • Learn from respected TESOL faculty educators and administrators with real-world experience who are passionate about English as a second language and Christian ministry.
  • Flexible courses offered 100% online. No GRE or GMAT required. Complete in two years or less. Transfer up to 75% of credit hours.
  • One of the most affordable degree programs per credit hour.

Why Choose an Accredited M.A. in TESOL Degree from Cornerstone University?

With over 80 years of experience in traditional and online higher education, Cornerstone University has prepared education, teaching, and TESOL professionals who serve the K-12 and adult learner communities with skill, character, and distinction inside and outside the classroom. The Master of Arts in TESOL online degree is accredited by the respected Higher Learning Commission (HLC). TESOL offers important community support for students by opening up a world of connections through language learning.

What sets a Cornerstone master’s degree apart is our commitment to provide the most excellent academic real-world education taught from a Christian worldview by experienced and respected education faculty and leaders. Our mission is to prepare bold, Christ-centered leaders who will create solutions to tomorrow’s educational challenges to better serve our communities, students and families. Choose from over 75 in-demand degrees, certificates and concentrations to customize the learning you need to fit your career goals in education.

Start your M.A. in TESOL degree online today with Cornerstone University!

Knowledgeable, passionate enrollment counselors are ready to guide you from application to graduation!

  • Courses are offered 100% online to fit your busy life. No GRE or GMAT required.
  • Transfer up to 75% of an eligible degree’s credit hours.
  • Scholarships and aid programs are available.
  • Tuition is priced for affordability compared to other private nonprofit universities, ensuring a degree that can fit your budget.
  • Experience one-on-one faculty support from experienced, Christ-centered educators.
  • Free student support resources are available—including writing, pastoral counseling services and more—to provide comprehensive support!

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • A completed bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.7 GPA from an accredited institution
  • Official college and/or military transcripts


Of students who work full time while pursuing a degree.


Graduation rate for master’s degrees.


Of faculty members are professing believers of Jesus Christ.

Specializations & Courses

With your choice of one of four specializations, you’ll advance your knowledge and experience in the unique field that you currently work in or aspire to join as an educator.

Curriculum and Instruction—Advance your role as an educator as you pursue the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) K-12 ESL endorsement.

English for Health Care—Enhance communication and service within the health care industry with this specialization focused on teaching English to health care workers. Be prepared to serve with health care institutions as an English teacher or program director.

English for Business and Organizations—Empower others with the English language in business environments. Serve in a variety of sectors, whether for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations or professional sports.

Cross-Cultural Ministry—Learn to teach English language learners within a cross-cultural context. Serve locally or internationally in organizations, missions or churches.

Required Courses: 15 credits total [credits/weeks]

LIN 565 TESOL Methodology I [3/7]
LIN 525 Introduction to Linguistics [3/7]
LIN 555 Sociolinguistics [3/7]
LIN 556 Second Language Acquisition [3/7]
LIN 566 TESOL Methodology II [3/7]

Take the following coursework (with concentration-specific readings and assignments): 15 credits total

LIN 558 Materials Development and Integration [3/7]
LIN 559 TESOL Lab [3/7]
LIN 568 TESOL Methodology III [3/7]
LIN 557 Action Research [3/7]
LIN 594 TESOL Capstone [3/7]

You Can Start Your Journey Now!

An enrollment counselor is ready to help you start your influential education master’s degree now. Cornerstone offers:

  • Accelerated admissions to get you started sooner.
  • Competitive tuition rates—some of the most affordable in the region.
  • Generous credit transfers—up to 75% hours in transfer credits possible.
  • Financial aid advisers to explore funding opportunities for this valuable life investment.

Start your application for a bold, influential life with your Master of Arts in TESOL degree from Cornerstone University!

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Our faculty in the M.A. TESOL program are passionate about growing together in cultivating thriving communities. With their diverse experiences ranging from K-12 education to the mission field, they eagerly seek to engage in meaningful collaboration as you pursue influence in your own context.

Related Programs

At Cornerstone, we’re passionate about welcoming you into a learning community designed to help you reach your full potential. In addition to our M.A. in TESOL program, we also offer non-degree programs and other graduate programs as you live out your vocational calling in serving and teaching others.

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