The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a practitioner-oriented degree. The basic TESOL degree consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 academic credits. Full-time students can complete the program in three or four semesters.
The program combines a comprehensive coverage of linguistic theory with practical application, providing students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective ESOL teachers in schools, community colleges, and teaching abroad.
The program delivery is designed for working professionals. Classes are held on one weekday–late afternoon/evening and selected Friday evenings and Saturdays (on the School of Education Teaching Weekend Schedule). The program is offered on USF’s San Francisco campus.
The program with concentration consists of 11 courses for a total of 33 credits with specific courses in the area of educational technology. In addition, the final project must demonstrate the student's ability to combine Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with Educational Technology.
Students start in the preliminary teaching credential program in our Teacher Education Department (TED) and then complete 15 credits of TESOL coursework to earn the combined master's degree and credential.
Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.
In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full-time job while earning their credential, master or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.
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