Language Education

Master of Education

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The MEd in Language Education with a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concentration prepares English language learner (ELL) teachers for professional positions in the United States or overseas.

Through this experiential and hands-on program, students take classes that blend theory and practice to gain a complete foundation in language teaching methodologies, language assessment, literacy, language acquisition, and linguistics for language teachers.

Our goal is to train progressive, student-centered, communicative language teachers, who value students’ native languages and cultures, and who are comfortable using 21st-century technology in the classroom.

There is a growing need within New Hampshire, throughout the country, and around the world, for teachers who are trained in TESOL to work with students whose primary language is not English. English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing segment of the New Hampshire public-school population, and the New Hampshire Department of Education lists ESOL as a critical shortage area. The Department of Education in Washington reports a 60 percent increase in ELLs nationwide in the last decade, and predicts that by 2025, one-third of all students will not speak English when they begin kindergarten. There is a growing need for more teachers trained to work with these students. In addition, there is a growing demand for teachers trained to teach English overseas. English has become the world’s language of global communication; over 750 million people worldwide use it as their second language.

PSU’s MEd in Language Education/TESOL is the only graduate TESOL program in northern New England nationally recognized by TESOL International and by the Council for the Accreditation Educator Preparation (CAEP). The program is also fully accredited by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Our program offers three tracks, leading to an MEd in TESOL with New Hampshire K-12 TESOL certification; an MEd in TESOL; and a New Hampshire K-12 TESOL certification.

Not sure which TESOL program is right for you? Frequently Asked Questions.

Check out the Graduate TESOL information page for more information on the program.

PSU TESOL MEd alumni teach in classrooms around the world and across the country.  Click here to learn more about what our program alumni are doing

Our Language Education program allows students to choose from the following Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) options:

  • MEd in Language Education-TESOL, non-certification
  • MEd in Language Education-K-12 TESOL Certification
  • K-12 TESOL Certification Only
Curriculum Requirements
Admission Requirements
The TESOL programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee *waived through 6/30/2021 by using code GRFEEWAIVER2021!
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Language Education – TESOL can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2021-22 academic year:

  • Summer 2021 – April 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021 – August 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 – December 1, 2021

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Register Now for Spring 2021

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Register for Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2020-21 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $550 $42 $592
CAGS $575 $42 $617
EdD $640 $42 $682

2020-21 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $765 $42 $807
CAGS $695 $42 $737
EdD $780 $42 $822

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

At this time, our Graduate Assistant positions are limited and available only for certain graduate programs.  Please contact your program coordinator for more information on available positions and the application process.

The full 2020-21 academic calendar can be found here.

  • Fall 2020 – August 24-November 24
  • Spring 2021 – January 19-May 7
  • Summer 2021 – May 10-Aug 13
All dates are subject to change due to our ongoing response to COVID-19.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

TESOL Course Offerings  
Please check our course registration page for current offerings or schedule a time to speak with the program coordinator for more information.