May 17, 2022  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
    
University Catalog 2021-2022

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A.


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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

Students must first apply for admission to the University in graduate standing. Then, they must make a 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 advisor for program planning.

In addition to the University requirements for admission to graduate study, all applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the program:

1. Have a minimum  2.75 grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.

2. Grade of B or better in one of these courses:

  • TESL 4000  Linguistics in Language Education (3); or
  • EDSP 4010  Cognitive, Linguistic, and Literacy Processes of Individuals with Special Needs (3); or
  • ENGL 4101  Introduction to English Linguistics (3);

3. One year of college-level study in a foreign language or equivalent.

4. Visa Students only (in addition to above):

  • TOEFL: minimum scored 100ibt or 600 pbt, or
  • IELTS: minimum scored  7.5

Requirements for the Degree (36 units)


A total of 36 units is required, with at least half of the units earned in 5000-level courses. A comprehensive examination, or a thesis or project is also required. There is a limit on credit that may be earned in variable-unit courses. See Restrictions on Credit Earned in Variable Unit Courses.

Required Core (24 units)


Comprehensive Examination or Thesis or Project (0, 4 units)


Select one of the three categories: Comprehensive Examination, Thesis, or Project

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