The Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) prepares teachers for a wide variety of positions both in the U.S. and abroad. Students may select coursework that prepares them for several career choices, including the following: English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instruction in the U.S. or in a non English-speaking setting abroad; K-12, adult education, or post secondary settings; and research in Applied Linguistics. The program emphasizes language acquisition processes, teaching methodology, linguistics, language testing, research, and sociocultural influences.
Admission to the Program
In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must have a 2.75 grade point average in the last 90 quarter units attempted. Students must first apply for admission to the University in graduate standing. Then, they must make formal application to the Charter College of Education and the TESOL Program. Once they gain admission to the university with graduate status, they must consult a faculty adviser for program planning.
- ENGL 401 English Language in America (4) or TESL 400 Linguistics in Language Education (4) with grade of B or better.
- One year of college level study in a foreign language or equivalent.
For Visa Students (in addition):
- Minimum 600 (paper-based or 250 computer-based) score on TOEFL, with at least 60 on each of the sections, or 550 score on TOEFL and minimum 5 score on Test of Written English.