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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online

Develop effective strategies to teach English to the vulnerable population of second-language adult learners to ensure success in the workplace and beyond.

07/19/21 Next Application Due Date
08/02/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

Reasons to Pursue the MSEd in Adult Ed, ESL Online Program at SOU

$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

Make a difference by working with linguistically and culturally diverse non-native English speakers with the MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program from Southern Oregon University. As job opportunities in ESL instruction grow, help adult second-language learners succeed in the classroom and beyond.

This 100 percent online program is designed with working professionals in mind so it can fit your busy schedule and career goals. You will acquire the knowledge needed to help second-language learners achieve vital communication skills.

Coursework will help you gain a greater understanding of how people learn their first language and the relationship of this development to the acquisition of other languages. Learn strategies to ensure each student’s cultural experiences are reflected and validated in the classroom, and focus on instructional methodologies for facilitating adult ESL students’ learning.

In the MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program, you will:

  • develop essential skills to create and lead learning experiences for adult audiences in workplace, organizational, or higher education settings;
  • research and apply adult learning principles and best practices for teaching English to students not proficient in English to prepare them for higher education or the workplace; and
  • develop innovative curriculum and instruction methods relevant to second language adult learners’ educational needs in a variety of professional settings.

Career opportunities include:

  • TESOL instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor – Bilingual Education
  • Curriculum Specialist for educational and government institutions
  • ESL Program Director
  • Community College Adult ESL Educator
  • K12 Family Literacy Program Director
  • Corporate ESL Trainer

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by, 2020.

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SOU Makes Online Degrees Affordable

Our MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$16,605 Total Tuition*

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MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online degree program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Course Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL $369 $1,476 $16,605*

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.


Important Dates for You to Know

The MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

07/19/21 Next Application Due Date
08/02/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/07/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 09/22/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Southern Oregon University?


Requirements for the MSEd in Adult Ed, ESL Program

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for full admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL Online Admission Requirements

    MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL Online Admission Requirements
  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be granted admission following a review of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected]
Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:
  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.


The Topics You’ll Study in Our MSEd in Adult Ed, ESL Classes

The MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is the last required class in the MSEd program where students complete the Master's project based on their approved research proposal completed in ED 531. Master's project must follow the corresponding student handbook, demonstrate evidence of scholarly study, writing, leadership, and contribute to the field of education.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores theories on how first and second languages are learned and acquired. Considers the importance of the early development of a first language and the relationship of this development to the acquisition of other languages promoting academic literacy. Investigates the relationship of the four domains of language to cognitive and cultural development for all learners. Focuses on how culture manifests itself in school settings and provides a foundation for understanding methods and strategies to ensure that each student's own cultural experiences are reflected and validated in classroom learning experiences.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips teachers with a range of effective instructional methodologies for facilitating ELL students' learning. Examines innovative materials for developing culturally appropriate learning experiences. Presents approaches to instruction in specific content areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies). Examines and integrates the use of current technology to enhance instruction for ELLs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines the history and practice of adult learning in today’s world. Relates the research, theory, and practice of cognition and learning; humanistic psychology; and adult learning to the workplace and higher education, with an emphasis on critical thinking and critical perspectives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the pedagogy and andragogy to develop effective strategies to engage adult learners. Topics include: theory into action; effective adult teaching characteristics; learning interventions to support adult learners: self-directed, active/project-based, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on exploring professional ethics and decision-making by looking at contemporary practices, policies, principles and issues within a variety of settings in education. Examines ethical dimensions of leadership through both traditional and nontraditional paradigms. Students reflect on personal ethical stances, examine the influence of ethics and values on decision-making, and analyze and critique ethical issues in a variety of contexts to frame professional ethical perspectives. Provides MEd students with information on the thesis/project process and proposal format and enables them to develop and refine ideas for potential research.

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd] program is helping me ground and develop some of the ideas I already have in legitimate theories, processes and ideals accepted in the pedagogical community. It's also giving me that legitimacy I was missing beforehand.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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