Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
The MA TESOL degree qualifies its recipients to teach English at an advanced level to speakers of languages other than English. Typically the degree takes two years of (full-time) coursework culminating in a final project, thesis, or comprehensive exam. These courses come from the following areas,
- language pedagogy
- language in society and in the mind
- linguistic theory and analysis
The training and course work provides students with knowledge of
- how non-native speakers learn a language
- effective and practical teaching strategies and techniques
- language structure and linguistic analysis
After being awarded the degree, students will be well equipped to teach English to speakers of other languages, as well as to design, implement, and evaluate TESOL courses and even curricula. The MA TESOL is increasingly the degree of preference for employers both domestically and abroad.
For information about the ESL/Bilingual Endorsement for working with preK – 12 ESL students in the state of Oregon visit the website of the Graduate School of Education, Continuing Education’s ESL/Bilingual Endorsement Program.
See also, the Applied Linguistics information sheet: PSU ESL-Bilingual Endorsement and PSU Applied Ling Dept course substitutions.
ESL_Bilingual Endorsement and Applied Linguistics course equivalencies_2012.pdf