We are now accepting applications for our May 2017 cohort.
March 24, 2017
If you have questions about admissions, connect with an Admissions Counselor.
The Master of Arts in Teaching–TESOL program starts three times throughout the year (January, May and September). Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are happy to help you throughout the application process so that you can be considered for your preferred start date.
|Early Decision Deadline1||February 10, 2017|
|Early Application Deadline1||March 3, 2017|
|Application Deadline||March 24, 2017|
|Classes Start||May 15, 2017|
|Early Decision Deadline1||June 2, 2017|
|Early Application Deadline1||June 23, 2017|
|Application Deadline||July 14, 2017|
|Classes Start||August 28, 2017|
The USC Rossier School of Education maintains the same high admissions criteria for our online programs as for our on-campus programs. We seek candidates whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of a rigorous graduate education program. To be eligible for the Master of Arts in Teaching–TESOL program, you must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree or its recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
- A superior scholastic record, normally above a 3.0 GPA
- The ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) as demonstrated by academic performance and/or professional experience
- A Statement of Purpose that clearly indicates professional career goals and reasons for seeking the degree
- Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants whose academic work has been in a country other than the U.S., U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada
The online application includes questions about your personal, academic and professional background. To be considered for admission, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the recognized international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. While the Admissions Committee looks for candidates whose academic background demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program, prior coursework in education is not required.
The application includes three required essays, which allow the Admissions Committee to gain a deeper understanding of your past experiences and professional goals. In addition, the essays allow you to demonstrate the written communication skills that are critical for success in the program.
You will be asked to provide information about past employment and upload your most current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from supervisors and colleagues who can comment on significant contributions you have made in your workplace or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.
Sealed, official academic transcripts must be sent directly from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including any community college coursework. Please send all transcripts to:
Application Processing Services
USC Rossier Online Admissions
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your encrypted transcript(s) be sent to email@example.com. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.
You will be asked to provide written authorization giving your consent to release your academic records, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The USC application fee is $90.
If your prior study was completed outside of the United States, you must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission.
If your native language is not English and you do not have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, you will be required to submit a valid score from the TOEFL iBT® (Internet-based test).
The Admissions Committee also may require that you complete an oral interview to assess your English communication skills. Because the program content is delivered in English, it is critical to have the ability to understand course materials and collaborate with classmates and faculty. Oral interviews may be arranged in person, by telephone or through Web-based video conferencing.