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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL), M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Typically the degree takes two years of (full-time) coursework culminating in a final project, thesis, or comprehensive exam. These courses come from the following areas:

  • Language pedagogy
  • Language in society and in the mind
  • Linguistic theory and analysis
  • How non-native speakers learn a language
  • Effective and practical teaching strategies and techniques
  • Language structure and linguistic analysis

The training and course work provides students with knowledge of:

After being awarded the degree, students will be well equipped to teach English to speakers of other languages, as well as to design, implement, and evaluate TESOL courses and even curricula. The MA TESOL is increasingly the degree of preference for employers both domestically and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent
  • Structure of the English Language or equivalent
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Understanding the International Experience
  • TESOL Methods I
  • TESOL Methods II and Portfolio
  • Practicum
  • Language Assessment
  • Grammar for TESOL
  • Teaching pronunciation
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Curriculum Design and Materials Development
  • Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching
  • Topics (advisor-approved)
  • Linguistic Pragmatics
  • Linguistic Phonetics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Morphology
  • Language Typology
  • Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  • Bilingualism
  • World Englishes
  • Pidgins & Creoles
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics & Cognitive Science
  • Special Topics (advisor approved)
  • Introduction to Graduate Study (2 credits)
  • Research Design (2 credits)
  • Research Methods (2 credits)
  • Culminating Experience(6 credits)
  • Special Topics (advisor approved)

  • Syntax

  • Phonology

  • Sociolinguistics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • 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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  • 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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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).

General Requirements

  • Submit your application and $50 USD application fee online.
  • Submit all high school transcripts/grades/records along with your graduation certificate/diploma/exam results or certificate(s).
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s minimum requirements if you wish to enter university level coursework upon admission.
  • Fill out the Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form and mail or submit it online to PSU.
  • Submit Financial Documentation for I-20

Tuition Fee

  • International

    601 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 601 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 280 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


MA TESOL students in the Department of Applied Linguistics are welcome to apply for several sources of aid.
  • James R. Nattinger Graduate Fellowship
  • Teaching Assistant Application
  • IELP Graduate Assistantship position is on hiatus. We are not accepting applications at this time.

All applications are due by February 1st of each year.

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