Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Are you curious about other languages and eager to help learners succeed as they use English? Do you want to work to remove language barriers in society?

Our graduate program in Applied Linguistics, the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, will harness your curiosity, hone your knowledge of teaching and linguistics, and prepare you to enter the workforce as a teacher or other language professional. Your master's in TESOL will prepare you to work anywhere in the world! 

At PSU, you'll take courses that give you a broad overview of language structure, language use, and linguistic analysis. Then, you'll apply your learning as you train to become an English language professional.

The graduate program:

The MA TESOL program prepares students to apply their knowledge to a variety of careers.

Calling all majors! We accept applicants from all undergraduate majors and will help you integrate your previous experiences with your new profession. Our graduates are positioned to take on careers as teachers, linguists, researchers, and much more. And beginning in the 2019-20 year, you can choose between a Teaching Track and an Applied Linguistics Track.

This 48-credit graduate program boasts small class sizes, innovative faculty researchers and practitioners, and a tightly knit community of linguists. And what you learn in the classroom will be reinforced during the two years you'll spend here, as all students volunteer and work at organizations throughout the Portland area.

Applied Linguistics analyzes how language works within society and then uses these investigations to improve teaching and solve real-world problems.

Core courses and sample electives:

  • Applied English Grammar (new in 2019-20)
  • Applied English Sound System (new in 2019-20)
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Understanding the International Experience
  • TESOL Methods I
  • TESOL Methods II
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Language Assessment
  • Grammar for TESOL
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Historical and Comparative Linguistics    
  • Phonology

From a Western state? We are proud to offer instate tuition for residents of 16 Western states through the Western Regional Graduate Program.

Jobs for TESOL graduates:

You can work anywhere in the world with your graduate degree from Portland State. Graduates of our program have found jobs on almost every continent -- take a look at where they've landed!

While you're in school, you'll have all the resources you need to get you out into the world. With diverse second-language populations in the city of Portland, there are many opportunities here for pre-service teachers to gain practical experience.

Taking courses in the Teaching Track will prepare you for teaching English as a second language at universities, community colleges, private language schools, and at other institutions. Taking courses in the Applied Linguistics Track will prepare you for a multitude of exciting careers, such as international development, translation, and international student advising. In addition, this degree will prepare you for additional graduate study in applied linguistics, speech-language pathology, or law school.

Go see what's out there: Apply for your MA in TESOL. 

Applications for the Fall 2019 term are accepted until February 1, 2019.

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Questions about Applied Linguistics at Portland State? Email us at linginfo@pdx.edu or stop by our department for a visit!