Welcome to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program
The M.A. in Education, TESOL Option is a program designed to meet the needs of English teachers in K-12 classrooms both in the United States and abroad. In addition, we offer specialization in adult ESL, program management, and college-level English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) teaching. Teaching English in California and around the world is a fast-growing profession.
The College of Education now offers a fully online MA-TESOL program as well as partially online (hybrid) and face-to-face classes. The fieldwork component (EESL 679) requires supervised instruction; special arrangements can be made to complete this online.
The program features outstanding faculty with teaching and research interests in language and literacy development, innovative language-learning methods, and technology-enhanced instruction. A unified focus on language for communicative purposes draws together contemporary theories that focus on the language learner as a whole person. Courses in teaching methods and supervised fieldwork opportunities strengthen the knowledge of classroom techniques.
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. Credentialed teachers may be given service credit for their previous supervised training. Fieldwork placement is available at local elementary and secondary schools, as well as teaching opportunities at the English Language Program (ELP) on campus.
A TESOL Certificate may be earned fully online or by attending face-to-face classes. Four 500-level EESL courses comprise the Graduate Certificate taken through the College of Extended Learning on the basis of Open University. Any four courses can be chosen from the following: EESL 521, EESL 536, EESL 543, EESL 544, and EESL 545. (The Certificate is designed to be taken independently from the MA-TESOL and cannot earned while enrolled in the MA-TESOL degree program. However, if taken before matriculation, four of these courses can be transferred into the CoE master's program.)
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