Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


You can help shape the future of ESL teaching. Earn your degree in three semesters.

The TESOL program is intentionally designed to share faculty and courses with the MA in Teaching Foreign Languages (TFL), so students take the majority of their classes together and benefit directly from collaboration across languages. The three-semester program allows you to significantly increase your understanding of methodology, theory, and research; strengthen your practical skills; and expand your career opportunities. Our graduates are prepared for rewarding leadership positions in the various fields of language education.

Our three-semester TESOL curriculum stands out from others with its solid foundation in the fields of language teaching and applied linguistics. Career-oriented specializations can be added in a fourth semester. 

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we guarantee a minimum $5,000 per semester scholarship to all TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) students joining our community in 2018.

You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application or financial situation.


Our program will give you the skills and expertise to set yourself apart as your language education career begins. Our alumni are teachers, program directors, curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and teacher educators in the U.S. and around the world. They work at adult education centers, universities, community colleges, K–12 schools, and other language education programs. Many of our alumni have also gone on to PhD programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown.

Advanced Entry

If you have completed course work in applied linguistics or language teacher education, or toward a TESOL qualification, you may be eligible for our advanced entry degrees. These require fewer credits to graduate, giving you greater flexibility to take more electives or complete a specialization in three semesters instead of four.


Unlike other schools, we offer students the opportunity to add a career-oriented specialization to their required TESOL courses:

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Both TESOL and TFL students have opportunities to put theory into practice through language education internships and professional experiences both here on campus and around the world. Opportunities include the following:


Founded by students in 2009, BUILD offers free beginning-level classes in any language. The program helps TESOL and TFL students hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.

The Monterey Peace and Justice Center

Students can teach ESL classes as well as participate in ESL program administration, curriculum development, and student assessment.


As one of only two master’s programs in the U.S. that partner with WorldTeach, the Institute gives students the chance to put their studies into practice by teaching abroad for a semester, summer, January term, or year—and we offer a 50 percent reduction in tuition scholarship when they return.

Options for Peace Corps Service

Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.


There are multiple teaching and tutoring opportunities on campus in our ESL and Summer Intensive Language Programs, Custom Language Services, and the graduate writing center.

Leo van Lier Lecture Series

The Institute attracts highly respected speakers in applied linguistics and in language education, including linguistic anthropologist Shirley Brice Heath, second-language education expert Roy Lyster, and Hispanic linguistics specialist Kim Potowski.

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