LCC International University MA TESOL Program


Our MA Degree online program for ambitious professionals prepares you to teach English anywhere in the world, work in a public or private school or language program, expand your teaching potential, seek to be an administrator of language programs or a test administrator.


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



  • An advanced degree for teaching and administrative positions
  • Tuition rate with significantly lower costs than other MA programs
  • Professors who are experts in their field and care about students
  • 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
  • A practicum in Lithuania at LCC’s dynamic Summer Language Institute
  • Opportunities to consider the ethical aspects of teaching and learning
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

With in-person and online study programs and students from different countries, cultures and perspectives, we aim to create a unique immersive student experience.

LCC embraces the North American education style and fosters critical thinking, conflict transformation, multicultural perspective, effective communication, Christian worldview, servant leadership, multidisciplinary knowledge and community building.  



“warm and hard-working international community”

"I devoted most of my life to studies, by enrolling in different programs and accomplishing them, and taking part in seminars and pieces of training. LCC TESOL program was the one which made me enjoy 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


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 International University 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 in contexts that are increasingly globally connected. Challenge and strengthen your assumptions and beliefs about English in the global context and 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 applicant’s character, academic and professional background. Preferably, at least one of the recommendations should come from a university the applicant graduated from.
  • 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 Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Canada, the U.S. or New Zealand
  • You attended a university for at least two years in any of the above-mentioned countries

Tuition fees

  • Tuition for the full academic program (two academic years) is 5,000 EUR / 5650 USD
  • Access to textbooks from Amazon or other sources
  • Travel to Lithuania each August for the Summer Residency Sessions
  • Housing in the LCC dormitory during Summer Residency Sessions (about 40 EUR/week)

Financial aid options

You can apply for a state funding of 380 Eur per month for duration of your studies if you are from:  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Japan, China, Korea, Israel.

You can apply for 380 Eur stipend and receive 4590 Eur to cover part of tuition fees if you come from: Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia or if you are a foreigner of Lithuanian origin.

Funding is offered to limited amount student, first application deadline is May 2. Read more details 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.

Note: Applicants with degrees from non-Lithuanian universities have to send two sets of transcripts to go through the diploma accreditation process with the Ministry of Education. The Admissions team can help you verify your certificate. Please send us an official translation in English, Russian or Lithuanian.  

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