MA in TESOL Program Information & Requirements


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The program's introduction to English in international contexts and World Englishes gave me a solid foundation to prepare for and adapt to teaching in the Middle East


Paul Blomeyer | Saudi Royal Naval Forces, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

About the MA in TESOL Program

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. in 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.  This program requires a minimum of 36 units.  

Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other LanguagesThe Graduate Certificate Program in ESL/EFL is designed to prepare students to teach ESL in post-secondary settings in the U.S. or to teach EFL abroad. Specifically, the program is designed for (A) students who hold a master’s degree in a discipline other than ESL or applied linguistics and wish to be certified to teach ESL in a community college or university and (B) students who plan to teach EFL abroad.

The post-baccalaureate Certificate for Teachers of English Learners provides added professional preparation and training in ESL/EFL for teachers of all educational levels. Coursework is required in theories of second language acquisition, instructional methodology, and English for academic purposes along with an elective course in pedagogical grammar or materials and curriculum design.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

  • In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, the MA in TESOL Program requires that applicants (a) have a 2.75 grade point average for the last 90 quarter units attempted, (b) have completed the Cal State LA course TESOL 4000 (Linguistics in Education or ENGL 4101 (English Literature in America) or an equivalent Introduction to Linguistics course. 
  • Non-native speakers of English (regardless of citizenship) who have not been in an undergraduate program in English must obtain a score of 100 on the TOEFL IBT or 7.5 on the IELTS.  If your TOEFL score is below 100 or 7.5,  consider taking some of the courses offered at the English Language Program at CSULA. For information in these courses, please go to the English Language Program website.
  • If accepted, submit application to the Charter College of Education and the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education (Download the form from Charter College of Education website).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from university faculty or professional references, and secure approved program from advisor.
  • Students can be admitted on a conditional basis.
  • For information on deadlines to apply, go to the MA in TESOL Program Deadlines website.

Download here a PDF of the MA in TESOL Program List of Courses Offered. 

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages