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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teach English on All Levels

Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to teach a second language in the United States or abroad. The program concentrates on the practical skills you need to develop concrete teaching strategies.

Our program highlights the cultural aspects and insights of languages, and how to apply those insights to teach language students of all ages, with sensitivity and respect.

Program Design

Courses integrate theory and practice to build your knowledge on language and its use, the interrelationships of cultures, teaching methods and language acquisition. You will work collaboratively with faculty and classmates to explore new ideas on learning and teaching. Hands-on projects and other field-based opportunities prepare you to plan, teach, reflect, research and lead in schools and the community.

We also encourage student and faculty research and critical reflection on the form and substance of language learning and teaching. Through these projects, you could help contribute to the field’s understanding of language, the factors of communication and community building.

You will also earn your TESOL certificate upon graduation. A TESOL certificate is the credential required by most language schools in other countries. Learn more about a TESOL certificate here.

Program Highlights

  • On Campus
  • 2-Year Completion Time
  • TESOL Certificate
  • Real-World Experience Teaching in the Spokane Community
  • Training to Teach Students of All Ages
  • Research and Presentation Opportunities

This degree does not lead to K-12 Certification. If you are interested in becoming a K-12 teacher, please explore our Master in Teaching program.



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Our Faculty

James Hunter

James Hunter

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

James Hunter is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and teacher-trainer. For the past 20 years, I have worked at Gonzaga University, with leaves of absence in 2000 and 2009 to teach at Mukogawa Women's University (Nishinomiya, Japan) and Abu Dhabi Women's College (Abu Dhabi, UAE). I have also taught at International House, Mataró and the Lake School in Oxford, UK. I am the current director of the MA/TESOL program.

Anny Case

Anny Fritzen Case, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Department Chair


David Clark, Alumnus of the Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

David Clark

"The future with a TESOL degree isn't just restricted to teaching overseas."