Program Description

CSUEB’s M.A. TESOL program provides students with strong generalist preparation to work with both young and adult English learners while still allowing students to explore particular specialties, such as general linguistics or composition studies. Compared with other M.A. TESOL programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the U.S., CSUEB’s M.A. TESOL program offers small classes where students receive a lot of individualized attention. When students work on their thesis projects before graduation, they work closely with professors who are specialists in various areas of TESOL, composition, sociolinguistics and general linguistics. Such thesis projects are individualized and linked to students’ interests and professional goals, and students receive their professors’ full attention and strong support throughout the process.

CSUEB's MA TESOL program is organized around a cohort model which helps to establish a strong sense of connection between students. Because our M.A. TESOL students are diverse in age, academic preparation, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, and teaching experiences, they form a vibrant community of passionate peers who share valuable knowledge and experiences with each other in and out of the classroom. This community of learners also creates many opportunities to explore different possibilities in teaching.

Another attractive feature of CSUEB’s M.A. TESOL program is that our students participate in volunteer and, sometimes, paid teaching internships, thanks to our program’s good connections with on-campus and off-campus English language programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is particularly helpful for novice student teachers who need to build their confidence and to gain some practical teaching experience.

In terms of the structure of CSUEB’s M.A. TESOL program, there are 8 required courses (28 units) as well as a thesis (2 units). Most of our students complete the program in two academic years. The program learning outcomes, required courses, and typical course sequence are presented below. Depending on students’ individual schedules and academic needs, it is possible to create a more personalized path through our program.




Year One: Fall Semester

  • ENGL 651 Theory and Practice of Teaching Oral Skills (4 units)
  • ENGL 652 Phonology, Morphology, and Lexical Semantics (4 units)

Year One: Spring Semester

  • ENGL 653 Theory and Practice of Teaching Reading (2 units)
  • ENGL 654 Supervised Tutoring/Teaching (2 units)
  • ENGL 660 Theory and Practice of Composition (4 units)

Year Two: Fall Semester

  • ENGL 655 Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition (4 units)
  • ENGL 656 Pedagogical Grammar (4 units)

Year Two: Spring Semester

  • ENGL 657 Curriculum Design and Assessment in ESOL (4 units)
  • ENGL 699 Departmental Thesis (2 units)

Career Opportunities

  • Teach ESL at community colleges and adult schools;
  • Teach composition to bilingual students at four-year colleges and universities;
  • Teach in intensive English programs;
  • Teach workplace English in the private sector;
  • Teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world;
  • Prepare for Ph.D. studies in English, linguistics, or education;
  • Work for ESL and EFL textbook publishers;
  • Develop ESL and EFL teaching and learning materials
  • Start ESL and EFL tutoring business

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to CSUEB’s M.A. TESOL program, students must hold a baccalaureate degree in English, linguistics, speech communication, or any other field with a 3.0 overall GPA, submit two letters of recommendation and a short writing sample, demonstrate English proficiency by having a TOEFL score of 79 or above, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, and have completed the following two prerequisite courses or their equivalents:

  • English 310: Modern English Grammar (4 units)
  • English 497: Topics in the English Language (4 units)


Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

For more than 60 years, California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay or CSUEB for short) has served the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the California State University system (the large ... Read More

For more than 60 years, California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay or CSUEB for short) has served the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the California State University system (the largest system of public education in the U.S.), Cal State East Bay is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, small classes, and a highly-personalized learning environment. Our beautiful campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay offers a great view of the entire Bay Area and is in an inspiring setting for career exploration, just 30-40 minutes drive from both San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Cal State East Bay offers excellent education in an exciting location at a competitive price. CSUEB offers undergraduate degrees in 49 fields and graduate degrees in 30 areas. In addition to degree programs, the American Language Program offers intensive English language study as preparation for university study. A wide variety of certificate and gateway programs — including conditional admissions for undergraduates, the Pre-Business Analytics program, and International Business diploma— offer excellent opportunities for professional and academic advancement. Read less