Program Overview


Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA-TESOL) program prepares you to cross cultural borders and engage students from around the world. Whether you intend to teach in colleges, universities, or one of the various language institutes throughout the United States and abroad, SPU’s program gives you the preparation you need.

Program Benefits

The MA-TESOL program seeks to prepare students for service and leadership in teaching English as an additional language by developing their professional competence and character.

The program is designed to engage students in both theory and practical application to prepare them for any job placement within the ESL community. Benefits include:

  • Low faculty/student ratio, ensuring close personal interaction with faculty
  • Practica in college classrooms to ensure success and confidence in the classroom
  • Strong emphasis on ethical and intercultural sensitivity
  • Flexibility that includes year-round admission and late-afternoon and evening classes
  • Opportunity to earn a K-12 Certification through SPU’s School of Education

A master’s degree will provide students with the preparation they need for a wide variety of teaching or administrative positions. Working in an academic setting, especially at a college or university level, generally requires an MA-TESOL degree. Overseas, the MA-TESOL degree can be more attractive to employers because of rigorous educational requirements for employees.


Graduate Offerings

There are two options to choose from in the MA-TESOL program at Seattle Pacific University — the standard MA-TESOL degree and the MA-TESOL K-12 degree. Both focus on developing competence, character, and leadership in educators.

Graduate Reflections

Jill Bauer

Jill Bauer is a recent graduate of the MA-TESOL program. Read her story and the stories of other graduates.



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News and Announcements

The 2015 TESOL International convention is coming up in March.  This year the location is in Ontario, Canada from the 25th to the 28th.  MA-TESOL faculty member Katya Nemtchinova will be presenting at two workshops this year- Assessing the Development of Languacultural Competence in ESL/EFL and NNESTs and Program Administration. 

The MA-TESOL program is excited to announce the addition of adjunct faculty member Eli Hinkel. Professor Hinkel has recently taught at Seattle University and has published numerous books on second language teaching. A sought-after speaker she has been a keynote speaker for the international TESOL convention and lectured at universities all over the world. Professor Hinkel will lead a class on Teaching ESL Reading in winter quarter and Second Language Acquisition in spring quarter.



The School of Teaching English

Seattle Pacific University has a partnership with the School of Teaching ESL (S-TESL) . S-TESL offers post-bachelor certificates in TESOL and the Washington state ELL endorsement. S-TESL students may apply up to 12 graduate credits toward their future MA-TESOL degree at SPU.

Information Sessions

School of Teaching ESL, March 16th from 7-8 pm -  9620 Stone Ave. N.

Seattle Pacific University, April 24th from 12-1 pm- Peterson Hall conference room (note: ELL program info only!)

University of Washington, May 7th from 12-1 pm in Thomson Hall room 317

Call 206-781-8607 for more information. 



Phone: 206-281-2670

Office: 229 Marston Hall