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TEFL program at American University

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language


Please Note:
The MA in TEFL program is currently suspended until further notice.


Gain the Experience to Teach Anywhere in the World

The online MA in TEFL program is built on American University's outstanding TESOL program, one of the oldest and most renowned TESOL programs in the U.S. This master's program delves deeper by leveraging state-of-the-art online theoretical instruction and extensive hands-on experience, arming students with effective methods for teaching English as a foreign language anywhere in the world.

Expand Your Knowledge. Chart Your Own Path.

As American University has a diverse and multicultural student base, the MA in TEFL program is ideal for both native and non-native English speakers living in the U.S. or abroad who seek deeper expertise in teaching English to non-English speakers. This 33-credit, 12-course program helps graduates expand their global knowledge and find teaching, administrative and content development EFL education positions in secondary schools, universities/colleges and/or private language schools worldwide. Those seeking U.S. placement will be qualified to teach English as a Second Language at post-secondary levels in the all 50 states. However, the MA in TEFL program does not prepare ESL teachers for K-12 education in the United States.

Career Outlook: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

An online MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language enables you to take advantage of the rise in non-English speakers wanting to learn and master the English language. There are teaching opportunities in almost every country imaginable, and those with a recognized TEFL degree, specifically those with an advanced degree, are highly sought after. Openings are available in private language institutes, public schools, universities and business corporations, as well as private tutoring and voluntary work worldwide.

Why the Demand Has Increased

To remain competitive in our globalized world, many children, young adults and professionals who are non-native English speakers seek to learn and master the English language. On average there are as many as 250,000 English teachers working outside of the United States every year. Nearly 50 percent of these instructors will leave when their contract is over, resulting in approximately 100,000 new teaching positions needing to be filled annually.