Program Details

MA TESOL Course Details

The MA TESOL is a practitioner-oriented degree providing a comprehensive coverage of linguistic theory and practical application. Students also learn to examine the intersections of language, culture, power, and inequality. Our program equips students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective social justice language teachers, leaders, and practitioners across various learning contexts in the U.S. and abroad.

Foundations | 9 credits
All TESOL students must take:

  • IME 603 - Applied Linguistics (3)
  • IME 632 - Structure of American English (3)

And 1 of the following courses:

  • IME 602 – Research in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (3)
  • IME 610 – Sociology of Language (3)
  • IME 611 – Language and Culture (3)
  • IME 631 – Research in First and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • IME 634 – Assessment/Testing of Second Language Proficiency (3)
  • IME 668 – Discourse, Pragmatics and Language Teaching (3)

Methods | 9 credits

  • GEDU 603 – Methodology of Educational Research (3)
  • IME 630 – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practice (3)
  • IME 633 – Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials (3)

Social and Cultural Studies | 3 credits
Students select 1 course from the following list:

  • IME 604 – Global Perspectives on Education and Decolonization (3)
  • IME 605 – Re-Conceptualizing Multicultural Education (3)
  • IME 606 – Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling (3)
  • IME 612 – Critical Race Theory and Praxis (3)
  • IME 613 – Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency (3)
  • IME 619 – Gender and Globalization (3)
  • IME 620 – Human Rights Education (3)
  • IME 624 – African American Educational History in the United States (3)
  • IME 627 – Pan African Language and Culture (3)
  • IME 635 – Latinos and Education (3)
  • IME 639 – Cross Cultural Literacy (3)
  • IME 640 – Immigration and Forced Displacement (3)
  • IME 647 – Technology and Diverse Learners (3)

TESOL Field Project | 3 credits
IME 638 – TESOL MA Thesis / Field Project (3)

Electives | 6 credits
Courses to be selected in consultation with the adviser.

MA TESOL with a Educational Technology Emphasis

The MA TESOL with an emphasis in Educational Technology follows the same principles and vision as our MA TESOL program with an emphasis on bridging technology and real world connections. We prepare language educators, leaders, and professionals with expertise in web-based teaching methods, interactive information resources, digital media and technology. The final project must demonstrate the student's ability to combine Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with Educational Technology.

The program consists of 11 courses for a total of 33 credits with specific courses in the area of educational technology. See the Foundations coursework for the 9 credits of coursework required in TESOL. Refer to the Social and Cultural Studies section for the selection of courses where students choose one course for 3 credits. The additional coursework for the DTTL emphasis is below.

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Methods | 9 credits

  • Any 3 credit Educational Technology course (3)
  • IME 630 – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practice (3)
  • IME 633 – Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials (3)

Additional ETK Course | 3 credits
Any 3 credit Educational Technology course

TESOL Field Project | 3 credits
IME 638 – TESOL MA Thesis / Field Project (3)

Electives | 6 credits
Courses to be selected in consultation with the adviser.

MA TESOL & Single/Multiple Teaching Credential

Students start in the preliminary teaching credential program in the Teacher Education Department and complete all requirements for the Single / Multiple Subject Credential. Then, students complete 5 additional courses or 15 credits (listed below) of TESOL Coursework to earn the combined master's degree and credential.

  • IME 632 – Structure of American English
  • GEDU 603 – Methodology of Educational Research
  • IME 630 – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practice
  • IME 633 – Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials
  • IME 638 – TESOL MA Thesis / Field Project

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

TESOL Certificate Courses

Students interested in earning a TESOL Certificate must complete the following five courses. More information on each course can be found in the course catalogStudents who wish to continue in the USF TESOL program can transfer those five courses and take five more courses to earn their MA degree in TESOL. 

  • IME-632 – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • IME-630 – The Structure of American English
  • IME-634 – Assessment/Testing of Second Language Proficiency
  • IME-603 – Applied Linguistics
  • IME-633 – Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials

Apply for the TESOL Certificate Program