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TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

12 months
1225 USD/credit 36750 USD/year
1225 USD/credit 36750 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at University of San Francisco is designed for individuals who wish to work with ESL students in K-12 schools, travel abroad and teach English, or be eligible to teach ESL at the community college level.


The Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at University of San Francisco is a practitioner oriented degree based on principles of equity, social justice and human rights. 

Our program, housed in the International and Multicultural Education Department, is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within its sociocultural, linguistic, and political contexts around the world. The program critically addresses the role of language in schools and communities in the United States and internationally.

Graduates with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from University of San Francisco will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of language variation and cross-linguistic differences
  • Demonstrate knowledge of first and second language development and the development of bilingualism/multilingualism
  • Use theory as a lens for thinking critically about social inequities in local/global contexts.
  • Be a knowledgeable consumer of educational research
  • Be skillful in a wide range of instructional materials, approaches, and methods for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Use a wide range of assessment tools for including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative instruments
  • Design, implement, and assess K-12, post-secondary, community programs focused on multicultural language/literacy education in English

Programme Structure

  • Courses include:Research in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 
  • Sociology of Language 
  • Language and Culture 
  • Research in First and Second Language Acquisition 
  • Assessment/Testing of Second Language Proficiency 
  • Discourse, Pragmatics and Language Teaching 
  • Methodology of Educational Research 
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practice 
  • Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials 
  • Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency 
  • Gender and Globalization 
  • Human Rights Education 
  • African American Educational History in the United States 
  • Pan African Language and Culture 
  • Latinos and Education 
  • Cross Cultural Literacy 
  • Immigration and Forced Displacement
  • Technology and Diverse Learners 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have earned their Bachelor's and/or Masters' degrees from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Recommended GPA of 2.75
  • Certification of Finances
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Transcript (Academic Record) from each university or college attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1225 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1225 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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