FAQs / Testimonials


  • Required courses are held on Sundays, and elective courses are generally held on Saturdays. However, we also offer some elective courses on Sundays, so it is possible for you to complete the program even if you cannot take classes on Saturdays. Please note, however, that it may take longer to finish the program as electives held on Sundays may not be offered regularly (see page 6 for further information).

  • The majority of our students are in-service teachers. Still you are eligible to apply for the program if you meet other conditions (see page 6, Admission Information); however, you will need to have access to an English teaching site when you take the two practicum courses. For details, contact the TESOL Office.

  • You can apply for the MA TESOL Program from overseas. However, if you pass the first screening we ask you to be on campus in Japan for the second stage of the entrance exam. There are no exceptions to this point. If you pass the entrance examination, we will issue required documents for you to apply for a student visa. Please note that it is the students’ responsibility to apply for and obtain a visa. Those who are unable to obtain a visa will not be enrolled in the program.

  • We do not offer scholarships for the MA TESOL Program. However, we offer a credit exemption system for teaching experience and post-graduate credits from other institutions (see page 2 for further information).

  • Yes, you can. For enrollment in the MA TESOL Program from April in the year of your graduation, you need to apply during the Fall Semester (application period from Dec. to Jan.). Please note that students who do not complete their undergraduate studies for whatever reason will be withdrawn from the program.

  • Certificate students take the same courses as MA students. Therefore, all credits obtained in the Certificate Program are transferrable to the MA TESOL Program. Certificate students also do not need to pay the admission fee of JPY 250,000 until their status changes to ‘MA student’. Certificate students may choose to take up to 3 credits beyond the required 10 credits without any extra fees and will be exempted from taking these credits upon enrollment in the MA TESOL Program. Please note that certificate students must complete the 10 required credits in one year (two semesters) upon entry into the Certificate Program. Those who are unable to do so will be charged extra fees to complete the Certificate Program (65,000 yen per credit). For details, contact the TESOL Office.

  • ・This program is designed mainly for in-service teachers of English in Japan, both native and non-native speakers of English.
    ・Classes are held on weekends and during long vacations to fit the teachers’ schedule.
    ・All classes are conducted in English.
    ・Students are accepted twice a year (September and April).
    ・Students will be able complete all the requirements for MA in two and a half to three years.
    ・The venue is located in Kanda, Tokyo.
    ・The tuition is determined based on the number of credits which students register for.
    ・The program focuses on:
     (1) Practice
     (2) Professionalism
     (3) Reflection
     (4) Community

  • The teaching style of our program is interactive, with a strong emphasis on sharing among students through discussion and reflection, both in and out of class. There is a strong emphasis on practice in all courses; theory courses aim at linking what is being taught to helping teachers become more effective in the classroom. The program as a whole emphasizes the building of a community of teachers who support each other and help each other continue to grow as professionals throughout the program and beyond.

  • In this program, students become professional teachers, with the ability to make effective decisions that help their students learn. Our students learn how to connect the latest understandings from research about teaching and learning to their own practice, improving how they teach. They learn through practice in workshops and practicum courses where they are given the opportunity to try out new ideas and get helpful feedback from their instructors and peers. They learn about the English language and also how to use it effectively in teaching.

  • There is currently no other graduate teacher education program in Japan that provides the practical emphasis that this one does. The instructors in the program share this educational philosophy and have long experience working with teachers to help them develop their abilities to teach, to reflect on their practice, and use their knowledge to make effective decisions in the classroom.

  • The curriculum of this program is practical. Courses focusing on the English language (Pedagogical English Grammar, English Phonetics and Phonology) help develop an understanding of English for effective teaching. Theory courses (e. g., Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Assessment) are all taught in ways that link theory to the classroom, aiming to help teachers understand how theoretical knowledge can inform their practice. But most of all, this program has a greater emphasis on practical courses than any other program in Japan. The practical thread runs throughout the program, from the initial course in Principles and Practices of the TESOL Classroom through two full-semester practica that will involve practice micro-teaching and observation, to a wide range of intensive practical workshops focused on specific aspects of teaching that may hold special interest for individual teachers.
    In no other program will teachers get the same level of input about teaching, opportunities to practice (and explore in their practice), and feedback from a supportive community of fellow teachers.


Gaining Knowledge and Experience in Collaboration with Others

Takuto Marutani
Enrolled: 2017, April
Current workplace: Private high school

I decided to enter the MA TESOL Program at Kanda and start my teaching career as a part time teacher immediately after graduating from university. This is because I realized I lacked experience and knowledge of teaching when I was a senior student, and I hoped this program would foster my growth as a teacher. After spending two years in the program, I am certain that I made the right decision. Lear ning from my knowledgeable and experienced classmates, who are active English teachers, as well as prominent professors helped to start off my teaching career and I have been improving my teaching day by day drawing on what I have learned in this program.

Gaining Competence and Confidence

Junko Takatori
Enrolled: 2018, September
Current workplace: Kanagawa Prefectural Education Center

Having been a high school English teacher, I became a teachers' consultant (指導主事) working for Kanagawa Prefectural Education Center in 2017. In order to provide teachers with teacher-education seminars that I would want to take if I were a participant, I needed theoretical support. That is why I started the MA TESOL at Kanda. I have been fascinated by the practical program supported by the kind staff, the thought-provoking classes provided by the fantastic professors, and the exciting discussions with fellow teachers in the program. Even though reading academic journals and writing papers are challenging, I am now intensely interested in learning TESOL and more confident than ever as an English teacher.

Teaching Other Teachers the Latest Educational Practices

Ryota Taniguchi
Enrolled: 2018, April
Current workplace: Public junior high school

It has been a year and a half since I began my studies in the MA TESOL Program. Prior to entering the program, I completed several TESOL certificate courses, including ones from foreign universities. Since joining the MA TESOL Program, I have been able to bring together English education pedagogy with theoretical principles, which helps me as a teacher trainer (指導教諭) to present the latest English education practices. While some MA program classes can be challenging at times, the professors work diligently to explain the contents, so I can enjoy taking part in them.

A Life-Changing Opportunity

Sumie Satake
Graduated: 2018, April
Current workplace: Junior & senior high school

The Kanda MA TESOL Program enables us to explore boundless possibilities of language education in practice as well as in theory. In small group sessions guided by brilliant and friendly professors, we could expand and develop further views on various aspects of our everyday teaching. Classrooms and the tea lounge are always alive with chatter and laughter among students, professors, and staff from different backgrounds. The program also enabled us to develop a wider perspective, which helps me to reflect on myself and keep learning even after finishing the program. With the sincere care and support of the faculty, it became my professional-life-changing opportunity.

Improving Teaching Skills and English Ability

Toshio Ito
Graduated: 2018, March
Current workplace: Private junior and senior high school

Thanks to the TESOL Program, I could improve the two things I need as an English teacher. First, I succeeded in developing more effective teaching skills owing to the instructive advice from my professors and peers, which I could put to good use in my classes. They offered me many useful ideas so I could motivate my students to study English with greater interest. Second, the level of English proficiency in all four skills for my English-teaching profession became higher, which enabled me not only to conduct my classes in English confidently but also to pass EIKEN Grade 1. I hope many teachers will attend the program to meet their future needs.

A Practical Program Cultivating Future Educational Leaders

Daniel Hooper
Graduated: 2016, September
Current workplace: Kanda University of International Studies

Entering the MA TESOL at Kanda profoundly changed my life both professionally and personally. The intensely practical nature of the program meant that I could directly apply what I had learned to my teaching the following day. As a result, I became increasingly excited about pedagogy and began to search for more and more ways to develop. Rather than simply viewing teaching as a job, I came to see myself as a professional actively participating in the field of TESOL. This was also fostered by the fantastic professors and staff who perceived all the students as valued educators with much to offer the future of language education in Japan.

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Phillip A. Bennett
Graduated: 2019, March
Current workplace: Kanda University of International Studies

Professional Community and Career Opportunities

My experience in the Kanda MA TESOL Program led to monumental changes in my teaching practice and career prospects. During my time there I was able to learn from and with people in the TESOL field from all over the world, and all walks of life. The professors and staff cultivated an environment and community which was critical to my professional development and helped me to flourish as a graduate student. Alongside becoming an effective TESOL educator, the MA TESOL Program also equipped me with the research skills and pedagogical awareness to transition into the field of advising in language learning. The positive impact this program can have on its students and the teaching communities they become a part of cannot be stressed enough.