Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA Program Information

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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 Masters of Arts in TESOL

The MA in TESOL prepares teachers for a wide variety of positions both in the U.S. and abroad.Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages The program empahsizes language acquisition, teaching methodology, language testing, research, and sociocultural influences on English language learning. The 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

  • Prospective students must gain admission to the university. Apply online at
  • In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, the TESOL Program requires that applicants (a) have a 2.75 grade point average for the last 90 quarter units attempted, (b) have completed the CSULA course TESOL 400 (Linguistics in Education or ENGL 401 (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, prospective students must submit a formal application to the Charter College of Education and consult a faculty advisor. Call (323)343-4330 for further information.
  • Students can be admitted on a conditional basis.

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Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages