LCC International University MA TESOL Program


Our MA TESOL program prepares you to teach English anywhere in the world. Consider teaching English in a public school or a private language program. Or if your goal is to be an administrator of language programs or a test administrator, this program is also for you. Expand your career potential by enrolling now.


Complete your application by May 15th - spots are filling up fast!



  • An advanced degree for teaching and administrative positions
  • A tuition rate which is significantly lower than other MA programs
  • Professors who are experts in their field and care about students
  • Opportunities to consider the ethical aspects of teaching and learning
  • A blended learning course design that can be completed in 2 years
  • Flexible online learning; 15-20 hours per week, so you can continue your current job while studying online
  • An optional practicum in Lithuania at LCC’s dynamic Summer Language Institute
Online studies

15-20 hours per week

10 Day

Summer Residency Sessions

LCC International University is a Liberal Arts University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, established in 1991

LCC offers a unique student experience, with in- person and online classes, BA and MA programs, and students from different countries, cultures and perspectives.

LCC embraces a North American education style which fosters critical thinking, academic rigor, and multiple perspectives.

LCC is a learning community; faculty and students are challenged to be lifelong learners. LCC is a relational university; we value personal conversations and healthy connections. LCC is an international university; students and faculty come from over 50 different countries. LCC is an ecumenical Christ-centered community; we are grounded in the historic Christian faith and respectful of other religious traditions.  



“warm and hard-working international community”

“I devoted most of my life to studies, by enrolling in different programs and taking part in seminars and pieces of training. In the LC MA TESOL program, I enjoyed every minute of my studies. The content was engaging, the personalities that I met were appealing, the syllabus was rational, and its delivery was excellently organized. I experienced what was to be a part of a cohesive, warm and hard-working international community. Thus, this experience upgraded my theoretical knowledge about teaching English, brought a global dimension into my personal and professional life, and broadened my worldview significantly.”

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Rūta Stankienė
MA TESOL Graduate, 2019

“A world-class faculty”

"The M.A. TESOL program at LCC has wonderful combination of different elements: a university with a wonderful international feel; online program that allows students to study remotely, yet, with brief residential requirements that help students get to know their professors; a world-class faculty with many years of international teaching experience; and a degree at a reasonable price. I love being a part of this program, and I am very proud of what our graduates are accomplishing around the world."

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Dr. David Broersma
Associate Professor



Each course runs for 7 weeks. Students enroll in one course at a time.

Begins in the Summer Residency Session; continues online

Second Language Acquisition

Teaching English as an International Language

Fully online classes

Linguistic Theory and Language Teaching

Methods of Second Language Pedagogy 

Fully online classes

Curriculum and Materials Design

Language Assessment

Integrated Skills Practicum runs throughout Terms 2 and 3

Begins in the Summer Residency Session; continues online

Research Methods    

Action Research Practicum    

Fully online classes    

Program Administration / Pedagogical Grammar      

Thesis I    

Fully online classes    

Thesis II    

Thesis Defense and Graduation during the Summer Residency    



The Practicum course integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application in classrooms. Each student selects a school or language program that is convenient for them. Each student observes lessons of a qualified teacher and then teaches lessons, making lesson plans and observing students’ progress.

LCC hosts a Summer Language Institute (SLI) in July and MA TESOL students are welcome to complete their Practicum course here. The SLI program is a 3-week, high energy program for over 200 high school students from Eastern Europe. Come and join our staff of 35 experienced English teachers for a month and complete your Practicum in Lithuania.


At the beginning of August each summer, all MA TESOL students and faculty meet together for 2 weeks on the campus of LCC in Klaipeda, Lithuania. In these residency sessions, students attend dynamic, student centered class sessions. You will interact with a community of TESOL students from around the world while learning to know each other personally with opportunity to enjoy Klaipeda’s beaches and historic old town. Students live in the LCC dormitory, with comfortable rooms and kitchens. The Summer Residency Sessions culminate in a graduation ceremony.


In the final year, students become researchers as they enroll in the thesis courses. The Research Methods class prepares students to launch their thesis project. During Thesis I and II, students are guided individually by an advisor to write a literature review, select methods, collect data, and report findings on a topic of their choice. Completed theses may become published articles.    

What courses you will have?

Teaching English as an International Language

Begin your adventure in TESOL by studying the inherent complexities in English language teaching within contexts that are increasingly globally connected. Challenge and strengthen your assumptions and beliefs about English in an international context by considering appropriate teaching practices with your classmates from around the world.    

Linguistic Theory and Language Teaching

Familiarize yourself with linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics). Solve linguistic puzzles to deepen your understanding of language. Discover how linguistics informs your classroom practice.

Second Language Acquisition Theory

How does the brain process languages? Does age impact language learning? What learning styles do my students have? The course will broaden your knowledge of the theoretical approaches to second language acquisition and the issues surrounding the process of acquiring a second language.

Curriculum and Materials Design

Design a complete language course from start to finish. Begin with a needs analysis, develop materials, outline goals and objectives, and craft a learning plan that includes the latest technology and multimedia for your learners.

Methods of Second Language Pedagogy

Learn practical techniques and best practices for teaching reading, listening, speaking, and writing which are culturally and contextually appropriate. Consider how motivation, attention, proficiency, and aptitude impact learning.

Language Assessment

How can I measure my students’ language ability? First, study the theories behind langauge assessment, language tests, and important statistical concepts. Then, design your own formative and summative evaluations for English language courses and programs.

Integrated Skills Practicum

Your turn! Plan, apply, and reflect on your own pedagogical techniques. Prepare real lessons for real students and then reflect on the appropriateness of those pedagogical techniques for your students.        

Action Research Practicum

Do research in your own classroom. This advanced course will combine the theory of research methodology in the language classroom and the Plan/ act/ observe/ reflect model of inquiry.  Students will select an area of language teaching to analyze, hypothesize, and test their own theories in their own classrooms. 

Theory and Practice of Grammar Teaching

Learn to teach English grammar well. This course deals with the theory and practice of in teaching grammar. Discuss how grammar instruction fits into current theories of language teaching. Analyze types of feedback and create materials for teaching grammar.

Program Administration

Consider managing your own language program. What are the best practices for teacher recruitment and development? Learn the basics of program management, administrative decisions, and tasks related to marketing, admissions, registration, and budgeting. 

Research Methods

You are a researcher! The course serves as a foundation for doing research in applied linguistics. Study quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. Be introduced to the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics and learn to interpret the statistics of published studies.

Thesis I: Research and Proposal
Thesis II: Writing and Defense

Take the final step. Use your TESOL knowledge from this program to design your own research project, mentored by one of our instructors. After a review of the literature and a consideration of research methods, draft a research proposal. Then, proceed to collect and analyze your data, culminating in a thesis report which you will present to our faculty. The completed product is a substantial thesis that you will be proud of!

Admission Requirements

To apply you need:
  • Bachelor's degree - official transcripts and copy of diploma from an accredited university. 
  • Two letters of recommendation - recommendations must come from people familiar with the your character, academic and professional background. Preferably, at least one of the recommendations should come from a university instructor.
  • English language certificate - please see details in the chart on the right.
  • Motivational letter - statement of purpose indicating why this program is appropriate for your academic interests and professional goals.


TOEFL® iBT 100
You don’t need a certificate if:
  • You are an LCC alumni
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States
  • You attended a university for at least two years in any of the countries listed above

Tuition fees

  • Tuition for the full academic program (two academic years) is 5500 EUR / 6060 USD
  • Purchase textbooks from Amazon or other sources
  • Travel to Lithuania each August for the Summer Residency Sessions
  • Pay dormitory fees during Summer Residency Sessions (about 45 EUR/week)

Financial aid options

Education Exchanges Support Foundation is opening a Call for applications for 70 Lithuanian state scholarships for full-time Master’s degree or integrated studies (a part which is equal to Master’s degree studies) at Lithuanian higher education institutions for the year 2021. Funding under the Call will be provided to the citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Moldova Ukraine and foreigners of Lithuanian origin from non-EU and EFTA countries:

• A monthly scholarship and a grant covering the study cost is offered to citizens of:

Ukraine (30 grants);

Belarus (20 grants);

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, foreign citizens of Lithuanian origin, Moldova, (15 grants altogether);  

• A monthly scholarship is offered to citizens of China, Israel, Japan, South Korea (5 grants altogether).

A monthly scholarship is equal to 400 euros. The grant covering the study cost is limited to and cannot be higher than the national standard study cost.  

Funding is offered to limited amount student, first application deadline is May 7, 2021. Read more on government page."

The Lithuanian government distributes over 10 million EUR in student loans annually. For more information on government student loans visit or contact us at

Looking for new knowledge and skills to grow as working professional? Many employers are willing to provide financial support for their employees; talk with your management to discover if they are willing to provide such an opportunity for you.

Please contact our admissions team if you require any additional information or help.

According to Lithuanian law, amounts paid for studies (when higher education and/or qualification is obtained upon graduation, as well as doctoral studies and art post-graduate studies) by residents of Lithuania can be deducted from the taxable income and thus decrease the income tax for residents. If a person whose studies are being paid for is under 26 years of age and tuition cannot be deducted from his/her taxable income, the tuition can be deducted from the taxable income of one of his/her parents/foster parents. If a loan is taken to pay for studies, the amounts that can be deducted are the amounts repaid. The tuition is to be deducted in the annual income declaration.

The highest net benefit of this deduction is income tax savings amounting to 15% of tuition. For more information on Income tax benefit visit

Application process

The program starts in August of each year. Applicants should send their documents and complete applications by mid-May.

Applicants with degrees from non-Lithuanian universities must send two (2) sets of transcripts for the diploma accreditation process with the Ministry of Education. The Admissions team can help you verify your diploma. Please send us an official translation in English, Russian or Lithuanian.  

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