Welcome to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program

Dr. Lynne Diaz-Rico, Program Director

The M.A. in Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Option is a program designed to meet the needs of English teachers in K-12 classrooms in the United States and abroad. In addition, we offer specialization in adult ESL and college-level EFL teaching.

The large number of students with limited English proficiency in the public schools of California has created a pressing need for teachers with advanced professional preparation in the field of English language development. In addition, the teaching of English around the world (EFL, English as a Foreign Language), one of the program emphases, is one of the fastest-growing international professions.

The College of Education now offers a hybrid online MA-TESOL program. California residents may take up to 40 units of the program fully online. The fieldwork component (EESL 679) requires supervised instruction under special arrangement; it can be completed in a partial residency arrangement.

Students residing outside of California, including students living abroad, may attend the Special Sessions version of the degree offered by the College of Extended Learning: Master's of Arts in Education With a Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Elective courses in Education, English, or other subjects expand awareness of the structure of the English language and second language learning theory. Courses in TESOL teaching methods and supervised fieldwork opportunities strengthen the knowledge of classroom techniques.

The program features outstanding faculty with teaching and research interests in oral language and literacy development, cooperative language learning methods, computer-based instruction, modern literature studies, and English for scientific and technological purposes. Classes that encourage teachers to share their expertise build a collaborative basis for group learning. A unified focus on language for communicative purposes draws together contemporary theories of social, personal, and intellectual development toward an understanding of the language learner as a whole person.

The M. A. in Education, TESOL Option can be a one-, two-, or three-year program. Many classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening for the convenience of practicing teachers. Summer courses are available. Employed educators may include fieldwork experience at their school site. For pre-service teachers, fieldwork placement is available for supervised study at several model elementary and secondary schools, as well as teaching opportunities at the International Extension Program (IEP) on campus.

Nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, CSUSB is an attractive site for higher education. The 430-acre campus features 26 buildings surrounded by panoramic views of near-by mountains. Courses in the master's degree programs may also be taken at a branch campus in the Palm Springs area.