Master of Arts in Teaching — TESOL Delivered Online
The Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL (MAT – TESOL) program prepares both aspiring and experienced educators to teach English to speakers of other languages of all ages. Students are prepared to teach English in a range of settings, both in the U.S. and internationally, using rigorous and culturally responsive teaching strategies. By completing additional requirements, students may also pursue a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in the area of English Language Development (ELD).
The online MAT – TESOL program features the same curriculum and instructional approach used in our on-campus program. Through readings, assignments, group-work and interactive class discussions, students explore critical foundations, contemporary issues and evidence-based strategies in English language teaching. Structured fieldwork experiences in various settings allow students to put theory into practice and to constantly apply new knowledge and skills.
Courses and fieldwork in the MAT – TESOL program offer a developmental and integrated learning experience that equips students to provide systematic and effective English language instruction. Through the curriculum, students gain theoretical knowledge, practice and apply concepts in actual classrooms, and have opportunities to demonstrate mastery.
Develop foundational knowledge about core theories, concepts and critical issues in the field
Apply theory through practice teaching, observations and action research in classrooms
Master instructional strategies in collaboration with guiding teachers, faculty and peers
The goal of the curriculum is to produce graduates who exhibit rigorous teaching in combination with critical and innovative thinking in order to identify and close opportunity gaps for underserved students around the world. As students advance through the program, they acquire knowledge and skills in four broad categories: instructional approaches, how languages are acquired, how languages are structured and used, and the importance of social context in learning and teaching. The following is a sampling of concepts and skills across these categories that are addressed in the program.
- Sociocultural learning theory
- Communicative language teaching
- Task/problem-based learning
- Culturally sustaining approaches
- Learner centered teaching
- Cultural consciousness
- Inquiry and reflection
- Online learning
- Technology-enhanced language instruction
- First language acquisition
- Second language acquisition
- Language socialization
- Learner identity
- Bilingual education
- Immersion models
Language Structure and Use
- Phonology and phonetics
- Morphology, grammar and syntax
- Critical discourse analysis
- Language awareness
- Corpus linguistics
- The four skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking
- Sociocultural theory
- Activity theory
- Social capital theories
- Funds of knowledge
- Community wealth
- Critical race theory
- Intercultural competence
- Language policy
- Global education reform efforts
As the culmination of their coursework, MAT – TESOL students not pursuing a credential complete a summative assessment. This comprehensive teaching demonstration provides an opportunity for students not pursuing a credential to showcase their skills as a teacher and synthesize and expand upon what they have learned in the program. The summative assessment prepares students for ongoing reflection and continuous improvement in their teaching to be professionals who exert leadership in the field.
The Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL program requires a minimum of 24 units and is tailored for individuals wishing to primarily teach in private schools, international schools or adult and higher education settings. The program offers both full-time and part-time options and can be completed in one to three years.
Students in the MAT – TESOL program 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 fieldwork requirements, which include live observations and real-world teaching experiences both virtually and in a classroom. Learn more about fieldwork.
MAT — TESOL with English Language Development (ELD) Credential
Students who pursue the credential add-on will complete an additional 4 units of coursework for a minimum of 28 units. Students who live domestically must reside in California in order to be eligible to pursue an ELD credential. International students may also pursue the California ELD Credential track. Please note that both domestic and international students pursuing the Credential track may need to travel more than 20 miles for an eligible site/ELD credentialed master teacher depending on the placement location.