The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a practitioner-oriented degree.
The program combines a comprehensive coverage of linguistic theory with practical application, providing students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective ESOL teachers.
A final project, designed in consultation with the faculty, allows students an opportunity to explore issues and ideas in the field on an independent basis.
The basic degree consists of 30 credits; see TESOL Program Structure.
Classes are held on a weekday–late afternoon/evening and selected Friday evenings and all day Saturdays (on the School of Education Teaching Weekend Schedule).
See TOEFL and test requirements under the International Applicants heading on the Requirements page.
- Full-time TESOL students can complete this program in three or four semesters.
- Courses are offered in the late afternoons and weekends to accommodate working professionals. The courses scheduled for weekends follow the School of Education's Teaching Weekend Schedule; Friday evenings and Saturdays.
- The TESOL degree is useful for individuals who wish to teach English abroad. It is required for those who wish to teach at community colleges.
There are two variations of the basic TESOL degree:
PLEASE NOTE: The Online program delivery cannot be combined with the on campus program delivery.
MA in TESOL with Concentration in Digital Media and Learning (also offered online)
The program requires 33 credits, 12 of which must be in the area of educational technology. In addition, the final project must demonstrate the student's ability to combine teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with Digital Media and Learning.
Combination of a Basic Teaching Credential and the MA in TESOL
Students begin in the basic credential program of the Teacher Education Department (TED) and finish in the International and Multicultural Education (IME) Department. See the requirements for this combination credential and MA program.
"In USF's MA TESL program, I learned how second languages are learned, what to do in the ESL classroom and why, as well as where to find more resources as I continue to develop as an instructor and materials developer. I am grateful to the inspiring professionals who put their heart into training ESL instructors."
LINDA-MARIE, Current Student