Master’s students in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Literacy and Culture develop a scholarly and practical approach to teaching English to speakers of other languages. The program focuses on culture, linguistics, second language acquisition, and methodology of teaching English as a second, foreign and international language, and a sound understanding of the complexities of working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations within the United States and in international contexts.
Candidates are prepared to work effectively in adult education settings, such as community colleges, universities, adult education centers, and language academies in the United States and abroad.
The program provides over 150 hours of observation, teaching experiences, and research practice in TESOL classrooms.
What can I do with this degree?
Graduates typically go on to teach English to adult speakers of other languages in community colleges, English languages academies, or in elementary through adult contexts abroad. Students who already hold a teaching credential pursue this degree program to enhance their current work and many continue to teach in K-12 school settings after the completion of this degree, but it is important to note that a California teaching credential for the K-12 sector is not included in the course of study.
Who should apply?
This program is designed to prepare students to enter the profession of TESOL without prior teaching experience required (though it is helpful). TESOL students include recent college graduates, career changers and educators who wish to develop their competencies in TESOL.
Students in the MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture include current and aspiring teachers from all over the world. Some of our students have already taught English to speakers of other languages, while others are seeking to enter the profession.
Outcome 1: MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture students will demonstrate content knowledge specific to their areas of study.
Outcome 2: MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture students will apply learning theories and relate the application of the theories to specific sociocultural contexts.
Outcome 3: MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture students will apply appropriate pedagogical approaches in specific learning environments.
Outcome 4: MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture students will apply the research and analysis tools for thinking about and investigating educational questions through research.
Outcome 5: MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture students will demonstrate growth in ethical behavior, positive values, and inclusive and respectful approach to diversity. Candidates will reflect on and gain an understanding of how to support the development of diverse learners through their curricular and instructional decisions.
The MEd in TESOL, literacy and culture program is a 30 unit program designed to develop a scholarly and practical approach to literacy and second language instruction. Embedded in the MEd program's course of study is the 15 units of coursework required to earn the TESOL certificate from USD. Students who complete the program graduate with both a master's degree in education and a TESOL certificate. We prepare reflective practitioners who can successfully engage and ensure the academic success of students from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program's common goals are to:
- Create a critical understanding of theory and practice.
- Develop research-based and culturally responsive teaching practices that can create progress toward closing the achievement gap and systems that perpetuate educational inequity.
- Provide opportunities for development as change agents and teacher-scholars at local, national and/or international levels.
**International Students are required to maintain full-time enrollment at 9 units per semester, an additional course is required for International Students in Fall II.
Elective offerings may vary by term. Course selection is subject to change.
Electives other than those listed above may be accepted with the approval of the student's faculty advisor.
*Courses marked with an asterisk are the 15 units necessary to earn the TESOL certificate. Students who complete the program graduate with both a master's degree in education and a TESOL certificate.
- The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application.
- One official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities attended, including community colleges. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).
- A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from a current supervisor or a professor attesting to both academic and personal skills, and if possible, to teaching abilities.
- A current resumé or curriculum vitae.
- Statement of Purpose. Address both of the following questions. Each response has a maximum length of 500 words, for a total maximum length of 1000 words for the Statement of Purpose. When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.
- What are your strengths and challenges as an educator? How do you want to improve?
- Why are you interested in this program? Connect your response to the program's goals and your intended area of focus.
- International applicants only: Official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- Transcripts from universities outside of the United States must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia.
- TOEFL minimum scores:
- Internet-based test: 83
- Computer-based test: 237
- Paper-based test: 580
- IELTS minimum score:
- Band score 7
- TOEFL minimum scores:
Standardized Testing Requirements
Applicants who feel that their Grade Point Averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit GRE scores for consideration. However, the GRE is not required for admission. For more information on preparing for the GRE, visit USD's Test Prep or call (619) 260-4579.
- Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred.
- The minimum cumulative Grade Point Average is 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
- This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses.
Teaching experience is helpful but not required.
After an initial review of applications to the program, applicants may be invited to interview in-person or via video conference with the program faculty.
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Last updated December 18, 2017