This one from Neil:
"I was wondering about what impression you get from your university and
others you hear about regarding distance degrees. As several reputable
ones are being created each year, I was curious if it counts against one
who completes his or her degree online as opposed to in person. I'm
considering a distance degree, an M.A. in Tesol, to eventually land a
university job in the next few years. The other option is to return to
the USA and earn the degree in person from a prestigious university,
which is of course much costlier."
MA TESOL distance degrees seem to be fine to get a uni job in Korea. The ones from Australia have a bit of a bad reputation, but apart from that, you should be good. I would never go into a huge amount of debt if you plan to be an ESL teacher. While you can make a decent living, the salary is not high enough to warrant having a crazy amount of student loan debt. And, it also makes a lot more sense to actually have students to practice the things you're learning on when you're doing your MA.