24 months
683 USD/credit 16392 USD/year
683 USD/credit 16392 USD/year
456 USD/credit 10944 USD/year
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Are you curious about other languages and eager to help learners succeed as they use English? Do you want to work to remove language barriers in society? The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages graduate program from Portland State University will prepare you to work with people from different languages and cultures and encourage positive change in societies.

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With a master’s in TESOL, you’ll gain the skills you need to teach English in the U.S. or abroad, or work in other language-related careers. Graduates of our program have gone on to find jobs in immigrant services, test development, literacy program administration, international student advising, interpretation and translation, and program evaluation, as well as in teaching.

You can also use this degree as preparation for doctoral studies in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, and other language fields.

In the two-year Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages graduate program from Portland State University , you will gain practical skills as well as develop a thorough knowledge of how humans use languages and how you can analyze interactions. Unlike some programs that just train you in specific teaching techniques, PSU's program provides you with a foundational skillset, so you can figure out for yourself how to be effective in new contexts.


You can work anywhere in the world with your graduate degree from Portland State. Graduates of our program have found jobs on almost every continent! Our MA TESOL graduates teach English in the U.S. and throughout the world and work in universities, community colleges, community programs, private language schools, corporations, and online programs. Some alumni have gone on to careers relating to language and culture in other ways, including as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, online curriculum developer, international student advisor, technical writer, program evaluator, language assessment director, interpreter and translator, and literacy program specialist.

The graduates who decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Language & Literacy Education and related fields have been accepted into strong programs at Penn State University, Georgetown University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of British Columbia, University of Minnesota, and Iowa State University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied English Grammar
  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language, Identity and Culture
  • TESOL Methods 
  • Language Teaching Practicum
  • Curriculum Design & Materials Development
  • Language Assessment
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16392 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    16392 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 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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