Master of Education in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

Department of Learning and Teaching

Academic Banner TESOL

Program Overview

Our master’s students in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Literacy and Culture develop a scholarly and practical approach to teaching English to speakers of other languages. The program focuses on culture, linguistics, second language acquisition, and methodology of teaching English as a second, foreign and international language, and a sound understanding of the complexities of working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations within the United States and in international contexts.

Candidates are prepared to work effectively in adult education settings, such as community colleges, universities, adult education centers, and language academies in the United States and abroad.

The program provides over 150 hours of observation, teaching experiences, and research practice in TESOL classrooms.

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates typically go on to teach English to adult speakers of other languages in community colleges, English languages academies, or in elementary through adult contexts abroad. Students who already hold a teaching credential pursue this degree program to enhance their current work and many continue to teach in K-12 school settings after the completion of this degree, but it is important to note that a California teaching credential for the K-12 sector is not included in the course of study.

Who should apply?

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the profession of TESOL, so no teaching experience is required (though it is helpful). Our students include recent graduates, career changers and educators who wish to develop their competencies in TESOL.