Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
with a Concentration in Digital Media and Learning

The Online MATESOL program at the University of San Francisco serves as a space to support innovative and progressive faculty in preparing teachers who will encourage the equitable participation of all students they serve.

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In being advocates for social justice, graduates will train to actively investigate and develop tools grounded in participatory pedagogy to guide English Language Learners in educational spaces in and outside of the classroom. In promoting human rights with a specific lens on access to technology for English Language Learners, graduates will be challenged to prepare for the linguistic, cultural, and political implications of teaching ESL in a global context.

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MATESOL is a practitioner-oriented degree that combines a comprehensive coverage of linguistic theory with practical application, providing students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective teachers for students of other languages in the U.S. and abroad.

Internships: The University of San Francisco’s Online MATESOL program is proud to announce a partnership with the Jesuit Education Commons – Higher Education at the Margins organization.  Beginning in the Spring of 2014, several students will have the privilege of mentoring students from refugee communities in Jordan, Kenya, and Malawi pursuing a bachelor’s degree through online education. 

Program Structure

  • Complete the MA degree in 6 semesters (2 years) including summers
  • The eleven courses total 33 semester credits
  • Two 8-week courses are offered consecutively each (16-week) semester
    (three courses are taken in the final semester)

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Concentration in
Digital Media and Learning

  • Provides students with the skills to integrate technology-enhanced learning into their instructional practice and to make real world connections for the students they teach.
  • E-portfolio: Projects from each class build toward the final portfolio.

AhmetStudent Experience

"English has become the de facto universal language for the world. Proliferating through films, television and the Internet, it has become ubiquitous. Fluent in English and Turkish, and functional in French and a little Chinese, language has been a lifelong obsession for me. Being able to share that love for language with other cultures and unlocking the barriers to communication is the reason I am a MATESOL candidate at USF. Exposing curious minds to conversation, literature, business and science and creating the new technology based tools with which to do that is one way I can change the world from here." — Ahmet Aydogan

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Required Courses
DML 601: Digital Media Literacy (3)
IME 603: Applied Linguistics (3)
IME 630: TESOL Theory & Practice (3)
IME 632: Structure of American English (3)
IME 633: Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials (3)
IME 634: Assessment Strategies for TESOL (3)
DML 641: Cyberculture: Building Online Learning Communities (3)
IME 647: Technology & Diverse Learners (3)
DML 650: Digital Media Storytelling and Communications Media (3)
IME 668: Discourse, Pragmatics & Language Teaching (3)
IME 638: TESOL Research Project (3)

Opportunity to transfer up to 6 units (two courses) towards the completion of your degree.

Please Note: School of Education Campus TESOL programs cannot be combined with the MA TESOL Online program.

Program Benefits

  • Supportive and dedicated USF faculty with extensive TESL/TEFL teaching experience.
  • Small class sizes that facilitate building relationships with fellow students.
  • Academically rigorous research-based curriculum that incorporates the most effective web-based language learning resources.

  • Curriculum which prepares teachers with:
    • Conceptual knowledge in language and literacy, cultural competency, and human rights education;
    • Theoretical knowledge in critical social theory, critical pedagogy, and multicultural theory;
    • Application skills in analysis, synthesis, along with evaluation skills for teaching and research.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the online MA TESOL program, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • GPA > 2.75

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  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resumé
  • Application fee of $55 non-refundable
  • International Student (TOEFL code 4850)
    • TOEFL: 580 Paper Test or 92 with no sub score lower than 20 on Internet-based Test
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • PTE: 62

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