I'm looking for a fully online MA program in TESOL or a related field like Applied Linguistics, that is NOT meant for K-12 public school teaching, with the aim of professionalizing myself as an English tutor. I found the New School's program
, that would certainly cover all my bases, but I simply wouldn't be able to afford the cost. Can you help me find other options?
Things have drastically changed since I was in undergrad
. I received my BA with honors, and went into a social studies teacher education program. I had to withdraw from it for logistical reasons in the first semester, despite having received good grades there. (I'm physically disabled, and I couldn't manage the traveling necessary for observations/student teaching.)
Subsequently, I went into a standard MA in History because I wasn't sure what else to do, which did not go well, and was derailed completely when I became really sick with gastrointestinal issues. (I'm still not exactly well, but the pain has decreased from "please let me die" to "this is annoying".)
I was very depressed, until one of my friends from Russia, in gratitude for a favor, posted an advertisement for me as an English tutor via Skype on her company's internal message board. I've been working part-time ever since at my first real job, and I love it. I'm convinced I want to switch fields and teach people online for a living, if I can, but given my limitations, where should I go to get an appropriate credential?
Aside from the New School, I checked out SUNY Empire State, but their Adult Learning MA is not especially specific to TESOL/ESL. Most of the others appear to be geared towards public school teachers, and have inflexible practicum requirements that I couldn't fulfill online. Any ideas, MeFi?