Master of Arts in Teaching TESOL

Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL
Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL

Master of Arts in Teaching-TESOL Delivered Online

Whether in the U.S. or abroad, educators can prepare to specialize in teaching English to non-native speakers with a Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL online from the USC Rossier School of Education. English-language specialists work in a range of settings and may work with students as young as kindergarteners to senior citizens. With a curriculum focused on TESOL pedagogy, this program prepares educators to teach non-native English speakers in culturally responsive learning settings. Students explore the foundations of English-language teaching and put theory into practice with a field experience in a TESOL setting.


Coursework in this program is divided into four broad categories that provide students with theoretical foundations, teaching strategies and practical experiences to become an English-language specialist in the U.S. and around the world.

Category Purpose
Foundations Courses Provide in-depth knowledge in sociological and psychological theories and their application in the classroom. Foundations classes also introduce students to the latest strategies for infusing technology into instruction.
Teaching Methods Courses Lay the foundation for teaching linguistically and ethnically diverse students in urban and high-needs schools. Courses prepare students to understand and demonstrate their expertise in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, environment, critical thinking and discourse, reflection and inquiry, and advocacy.
Language and Literacy Courses Ground students in the theories of language and literacy for both primary and second language learners. Language and literacy issues are at the forefront of educational reform efforts nationally and globally.
Field Experience and Capstone Anchor learning in concrete field-based experiences throughout the entire program. From the very first term, students observe and practice instructional methods in the classroom of host teachers. To demonstrate the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program, students complete either the teaching practicum (beginning teachers) or a Capstone project (experienced teachers) in their final two terms.

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Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL program requires a minimum of 30 units. The program offers both full-time and part-time options and can be completed in one to three years.

MAT – TESOL students participate in weekly, live online classes and complete coursework on their own time. Learn more about the online learning experience.

In addition to classes and coursework, students complete field experience requirements, which include Guided Practice or a Capstone. Learn more about field experience.

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