MA TESOL Program Options

With the MA TESOL at Portland State, you can fit the program to your goals by choosing the Teaching Track (to get complete training as an ESOL teacher) or the Applied Linguistics track (if you are not primarily interested in classroom teaching). Your choice needs to be made by the time you start your third term in the program. 

All courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher to count in the MA TESOL program. Courses taken for a "pass" grade during the Covid pandemic are also acceptable for program requirements. 

Teaching Track

Applied Linguistics Track

Foundations of Language Structure and Use
(12 credits)


(16 credits)

1) LING 513 Applied Phonetics & Phonology
2) LING 521 Applied English Grammar
3) LING 531 Language, Identity, and Culture
1) LING 513 Applied Phonetics & Phonology
2) LING 521 Applied English Grammar
3) LING 531 Language, Identity, and Culture
4) LING 516 Discourse Analysis

Language Education
(20 credits)


(8 credits)

1) Ling 538 Second Language Acquisition
2) Ling 577 TESOL Methods I
3) Ling 578 TESOL Methods II
4) Ling 539 Language Assessment†
5) Ling 509 Teaching Practicum

†Students with prior assessment experience may petition to substitute another elective

1) Ling 538 Second Language Acquisition
2) Elective in Language Education (advisor approved)

Electives (advisor approved)
(8 credits)


(16 credits)

1) Elective in Language Education
2) Elective in Language Use
†3) Open elective (any graduate-level Ling course) - if prior assessment experience
(Any graduate-level LING courses)
1) Elective 1
2) Elective 2
3) Elective 3
4) Elective 4

Research & Culminating Experience
(8 credits w/o thesis; 10 credits with thesis)


(8 credits w/o thesis; 10 credits with thesis)

1) LING 565 Research in Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
2) LING 566 Culminating Experience Workshop (4 credits) or Thesis (6 credits)
1) LING 565 Research in Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
2) LING 566 Culminating Experience Workshop (4 credits) or Thesis (6 credits)

Total: 48-quarter system credits (or 50 w/thesis). Two academic years at 2 courses/term.

M.A. TESOL Ideal Curriculum Flow

M.A. TESOL Course Planning Form

Second Language Requirement (required for all PSU M.A. degrees)

  • If English is not your native language, then your proof of English proficiency for your application to the program fulfills the requirement. 
  • If English is your native language, you must provide proof of proficiency in another language in one of these ways: (1) two or more years of study at the college level, as indicated on a transcript or (2) passing a proficiency test at the second-year level. Further details for the second language requirement can be found on the Department of World Language and Literature

Courses that count as "language use"

Bilingualism
Corpus Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
First Language Acquisition
Pidgins and Creoles
Pragmatics
Sociolinguisics
World Englishes
History of English
Special Topics (occasional, topics vary)

Courses that count as "language education"

Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Curriculum Design and Materials Development
Grammar for TESOL*
Language Assessment
Teaching Pronunciation
TESOL Methods I*
TESOL Methods II
Special Topics (occasional, topics vary)
* = courses that do not have LING 577 as prerequisite 

Starting the MA TESOL at PSU was one of the best decisions of my life. As a result of my degree (competed at age 53), I have: taught at PSU in the IELP, taught at Clark College, won an English Language Fellowship to teach in the country of Georgia, and taught four summers (and continuing) at a university in Japan. I am now tutoring research fellows at a think-tank in Berlin and working online for Georgetown University supporting the ELF Program.

-- Carla Mortenson, MA TESOL alum