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English - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The English department offers two BA degrees, one in English and one in Technical and Professional Writing (TPW). The English BA is comprised of four concentrations: Literature, Linguistics, English Education, Individual major and two minors in English and American Literature and in Linguistics. We also offer four M.A. programs in Literature, Linguistics, Composition, and TESOL. Additionally, we have three graduate certificate programs in the Teaching of Composition, Teaching Post-Secondary Reading, and in Immigrant Literacies.

The program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, founded in 1964, is one of the oldest and largest of its kind.

The concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program has a double emphasis:

  • Theoretical foundations and contemporary research in linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics (second-language acquisition) and related fields.
  • Classroom teaching methodology suitable for adult second-language learners.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Seminar on Immigrant Literacites & Community-based Project
  • Community-based Curriculum Development
  • Teaching ESOL in the Community
  • Public Health and Community Organizing
  • Health Policy
  • Training and Educational Process
  • Seminar: Asian American Family & Identity
  • Asian American Community in Ethnic Studies
  • Theories and Concepts in Ethnic Studies

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:


                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                  The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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                • Minimum required score:


                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: 3

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                Admission requirements:
                • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. If you were educated outside of the United States, you must have earned a degree or diploma that SFSU considers to be the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
                Admission to the M.A. TESOL program is based on evaluation of the following:
                • A statement of purpose which indicates why graduate work in SFSU's M.A. TESOL program is appropriate for the applicant's current academic interests and future academic and professional goals.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  7176 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                • National

                  7176 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for San Francisco

                • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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