Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)

MA TESOL students from all western states are eligible for Oregon in-state tuition rates

NEW: The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is also now one of a handful of programs at Portland State University that participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Starting in Fall 2019, graduate students pay in-state tuition if they are residents of one of these 14 western states (in addition to Guam and the Mariana Islands). The form for the WRGP is available here

Apply now for Fall 2019!  Deadline extended to April 1. Click here for program application instructions.


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 people learn another 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. Click here to view a map of where MA TESOL alumni are teaching and working all over the globe.