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Teaching International Languages, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
The MA in Teaching International Languages promotes the study of languages and cultures as an integral part of a world class education in a global society. Course work focuses on linguistic, cultural, and pedagogical knowledge and its applications in teaching foreign languages and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).


The program prepares professionals for a broad spectrum of cultural contexts and instructional settings in the United States and abroad.

This degree is offered by the School of Education as a 36-unit interdisciplinary program for graduate students interested in the effective teaching and learning of international languages. By integrating course work from Education, English, and International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with offerings from international studies and other related areas, this interdisciplinary degree encompasses studies in linguistics, composition, literature, language, culture, and foreign/second language education. 

The program promotes the development of knowledgeable, reflective, inquiry-oriented professionals prepared to teach foreign languages (including English as a foreign language), and English as a second language to adolescent and adult learners so that students from all nations can fully participate in the multilingual, interdependent communities of the twenty-first century. Required courses and electives provide the theoretical and practical foundations essential for foreign language teachers, foreign/second language college and university instructors, and other professionals teaching world languages. It is also ideal for educators interested in National Board Certification specific to English as a New Language and World Languages.

Programme Structure

  • Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition
  • Foreign/Second Language Teaching: Methods
  • Methods and Strategies for Second Language Acquisition and Academic Development
  • Foreign/Second Language Education: Testing and Assessment Practices
  • Curriculum Development: Foreign Languages/ESL
  • Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition
  • Foreign/Second Language Teaching: Methods
  • Foreign/Second Language Education: Testing and Assessment Practices
  • Curriculum Development: Foreign Languages/ESL

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Duration description
      All requirements for the degree are to be completed within seven years
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • 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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  • Minimum required score:


    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: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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).

  • To be admitted to graduate and postbaccalaureate study, a student must hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or must have completed an equivalent acceptable to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University, Chico.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a master's degree must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units of course work attempted and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units attempted. Applicants for unclassified status, such as qualifying for a teaching credential, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their last 60 semester units of course work attempted.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4393 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8786 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2887 USD for the full programme 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 Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 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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