Online Degree Programs


Students can take many graduate English courses online. We even offer, completely online:
  • an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.

There are many advantages to studying online at the Department of English, including working with excellent instructors; studying at a more flexible pace than is possible in on-the-ground classes; working on the course at times of day convenient to your work and family schedules; and taking the course in the comfort of your home, at a coffee house, or anywhere with Internet access.

Before You Take English Courses Online

If you decide to take our online courses, it is a good idea to first talk to our Department's graduate academic advisor, Ms. Sarah Ellis, either in her office (Patterson 461) or via email (smellis@memphis.edu) or telephone (901-678-1448).

Also, visit the University of Memphis eCampus to find out the basic technical requirements necessary for taking online courses and to find other sources of help for online courses.

RODP classes (.R01, .R50, .R25, etc.) classes are not administered by the Department of English. Speak with your advisor before signing up for these classes to make sure they fit into your degree program.

English Courses Online

Students can satisfy core and elective requirements by taking online courses. Check our Two-Year Master Template for all upper-division undergraduate and graduate online courses in English. See if there are any that work for you and talk to your advisor to enroll.

Online Certificate in TESL/TEFL

To get a graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) ONLINE, take the following required courses online (15 credit hours total):

Twelve (12) credit hours must be met by satisfactory completion of the following core courses:
ENGL 7531 Theory and History of ESL (3 hours)
ENGL 7532 Principles of Skills Assessment (3 hours)
ENGL 7535 ESL Grammar (3 hours)
ENGL 7530 Field Experience and Practicum in ESL (3 hours)

Three (3) elective hours may be selected from:
ENGL 7533 Method/Techniques of ESL in K-12 (3 hours)
ENGL 7533 Method/Techniques of ESL in K-12 (3 hours)

Online MA in English with ESL Concentration

To get an MA in English with a concentration in ESL ONLINE, students must complete a total of thirty (30) semester hours of course work plus a three-hour thesis, or a total of thirty-three (33) semester hours of course work.

Students in ESL or Linguistics must complete two graduate courses (six semester hours) outside their area of concentration.

The courses that can be taken ONLINE include:
ENGL 7531 Theory and History of ESL (3 hours)
ENGL 7532 Principles of Skills Assessment (3 hours)
ENGL 7535 ESL Grammar (3 hours)
ENGL 7530 Field Experience and Practicum in ESL (3 hours)
ENGL 7533 Method/Techniques of ESL in K-12 (3 hours)
ENGL 7536 Issues in Second Language Writing (3 hours)
ENGL 7537 Issues in Second Language Reading (3 hours)
ENGL 7538 Cultural Issues in ESL (3 hours)

For more information, visit http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/degree_planning/cas/engl.php