Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MEd in TESOL)


Program Details

The Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MED in TESOL) prepares English language teachers to work with students from all backgrounds. Xavier's TESOL graduate program consists of 30 credit hours, including nine hours in professional foundation courses, three hours of electives and 18 hours for the TESOL Endorsement. It includes all required courses for an Ohio endorsement.

Scholarships: The James Booth Endowed Scholarship for Educational Leadership


Applications are accepted throughout the year from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall or spring term.

To apply, submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.

  • The online graduate application
  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework to
    Xavier University
    Admission Processing Center
    3800 Victory Parkway
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
    Electronic transcripts to xugrad@studyspacemap.babyfeedingshop.com
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The admission committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.


Applicants to Graduate Programs in the School of Education Must Have:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university AND
  • Admission test score
Test score may be waived under one of the following conditions:
  • State licensed teacher
  • Pursuing a M.Ed. or M.S.Ed. without licensure (if undergrad GPA is 3.0 or higher)
  • Pursuing a principal or administration license
  • Pursuing a second license or endorsement
  • Pursuing a Montessori teaching credential only

*International students may have additional application requirements. See International Graduate Admissions for more information.

For questions regarding the application process, e-mail the Office of Graduate Services at xugrad@studyspacemap.babyfeedingshop.com.

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The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement coursework at Xavier University is an 18 graduate credit hour program. Three semester hours of an approved phonics course from undergraduate studies can be applied toward the endorsement. Transcript reviews are completed for each student to determine course requirements. In addition to courses, 45 hours of documented field hours are required. Field hours are distributed across grade levels and are documented on Xavier University time sheets and signed by the supervising teacher or principal.

Sample Courses

EDRE 269/569 Phonics and the Foundations of Literacy: - 3 cr. hrs. (15 field hrs.)

EDEL 650 Foundations of TESOL: - 3 cr. hrs. (10 field hrs.)

EDEL 651 Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners (ELL): - 3 cr. hrs. (10 field hrs.)

EDEL 652 Culturally Responsive Teaching: - 3 cr. hrs. (3 field hrs.)

EDRE 653 Effective Assessment Practices for English Language Learners - 3 cr. hrs. (7 field hrs.)

EDEL 654 Aspects of Language and Sociolinguistics: - 3 cr. hrs.

Tuition and Fees


Core curriculum education courses are offered at six Cincinnati area locations, making it even easier for students to take courses. The locations include:
  • Xavier University
  • Covington Catholic High School in Northern Kentucky
  • Middletown Fenwick High School north of Xavier
  • Wilmington High School, northeast of Xavier
  • Oak Hills High School, west of Xavier
  • West Clermont, east of Xavier

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Offsite Locations for MEd in TESOL students

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Offsite locations offer flexibility for students in the MEd in TESOL graduate program. Students have the option to start core courses at one of five Cincinnati area locations near work and home.

Holistic Learning within the TESOL program

TESOL graduate program student working with children

The TESOL MEd graduate program emphasizes the importance of high-quality English language instruction while respecting the diverse cultures of English language learners. Instructors seek to empower students to become leaders in service, working to build a more just and humane world.

TESOL Endorsement Option

TESOL Professor giving a lecture inside a classroom

Educators have the option to pursue a MEd in TESOL or a TESOL endorsement within the Xavier School of Education. 18 hours credit hours are required for the TESOL Endorsement and 30 credit hours are required for the Master’s.

Endorsement Details

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MEd in TESOL) Program at Xavier University

The MEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Xavier University As populations in the United States become increasingly diverse, both linguistically and culturally, the need for knowledgeable, reflective, and caring individuals working with English learners is essential. In alignment with our Jesuit ideals, instructors model how to establish a personal relationship with students, listen to them in the process of teaching, and draw them toward personal initiative and responsibility for learning. This program of student-centered instruction, characterized by structure and flexibility, provides the best methods, techniques, and content knowledge needed to meet the needs of the whole person, the English Language learner, while obtaining a TESOL endorsement and MEd.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."