24 months
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
444 USD/credit 10656 USD/year
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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) degree at Portland State University qualifies its recipients to teach English at an advanced level to speakers of languages other than English. 

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Typically the degree offered by Portland State University 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 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) is increasingly the degree of preference for employers both domestically and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

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

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  • International

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 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.


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