Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This program is designed for aspiring or current teachers who want to teach English and other languages to learners from elementary to university in a variety of educational settings in the United States or internationally.

Language educators are in demand across the world, providing exciting intercultural opportunities in the United States and abroad. Prepare to become an equity-minded language educator who embodies effective teaching, critical inquiry and social justice. 

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT-TESOL) program will equip you to provide systematic and effective language instruction. 

Through this program, you will:

  • Earn a degree from a school with a strong reputation for quality education.
  • Study in one of the most exciting cities in the world, where more than 150 languages are spoken.
  • Hone your teaching skills by practicing at a school site.*
  • Have the option to complete the requirements for an English Language Development or Languages Other Than English teaching credential.*


The MAT-TESOL program curriculum meets three learning goals designed to support your understanding of important concepts and mastery of teaching skills. 

Goal Objective
Effective teaching 
  • Design inclusive and student-centered learning environments that are effective and engaging for every learner.
  • Provide language instruction that builds on the knowledge, skills, culture and experiences of each learner.
  • Use varied assessments and feedback to promote learning, ensure equitable outcomes and inform instruction.
Critical inquiry
  • Apply a variety of research methods to understand students and their learning.
  • Analyze the surrounding social, cultural and political environment for ways to make learning more relevant and meaningful.
  • Engage in ongoing reflection on your own teaching to improve teaching effectiveness.
Social justice
  • Identify and learn about issues that negatively affect languages or language learners.
  • Collaborate with others to learn more and increase your influence.
  • Take action to address injustices and improve outcomes for language learners.


To support your development as a teacher, you will practice applying theories and instructional methods by conducting observations and tutoring or teaching in a variety of learning environments. Beginning in the second semester of the program, you will complete fieldwork under the mentorship of an experienced teacher at a school site. Your school placement will be approximately four hours a week during regular school hours.
As you film your teaching experiences and upload the videos for evaluation and discussion, you will gain supportive feedback on your practice as well as insights from faculty and classmates. You will be encouraged to take risks, try new teaching strategies and sharpen your teaching skills in a supportive environment.

Credential Track

If you meet eligibility requirements, you may optionally pursue a California preliminary single subject teaching credential in English Language Development (ELD) or World Languages: Languages Other Than English (LOTE), which will authorize you to teach in California public schools. 

Single subject world language: English Language Development (ELD) teaching credential 
Individuals with an ELD teaching credential are qualified to teach students who are developing their English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The credential authorizes you to teach in K-12 California public school classrooms. 

Single subject world language: Languages other than English (LOTE) teaching credential 
Individuals with a LOTE teaching credential are qualified to teach a specific language (Mandarin, Spanish, French, etc.) as a world language in K-12 California public school classrooms.

In order to be recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a California preliminary teaching credential, you must fulfill a series of requirements. These requirements include:

  • The basic skills and subject matter requirements (the subject matter requirement will test your fluency in the language you want to teach).
  • Student teaching in semesters two and three* for four full days every week. You may need to travel more than 20 miles to complete additional student teaching at an eligible site.
  • An additional four units and one additional semester of study.

If you plan to work in another state, contact the state directly to identify any alternate requirements.

If you are admitted, you will receive more information about how to apply to the credential track during your first semester in the program.


As an applicant, you will be automatically considered for several USC Rossier scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. There is no need to submit a separate application for these scholarships. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics. Priority consideration is given to those who apply in rounds one and two.

View USC Rossier’s scholarship finder to identify other scholarships and funding opportunities. You do not have to be admitted to apply to these scholarships. Carefully note the scholarship application deadlines, which may occur before the final program application deadline.

Financial Aid

The USC Office of Student Financial Aid provides information regarding various types of financial aid and financing options.

In order to be considered for financial aid, you must apply by filing the FAFSA by May 7, 2022. After you apply, the financial aid office will determine your financial need and inform you of the federal or private loans that are available to you. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the MAT-TESOL program are employed in a variety of roles, including:

  • International English language teacher
  • United States ESL teacher
  • College- or university-level language instructor
  • Private English tutor
  • English language program administrator
  • Education consultant for international students
  • Curriculum developer
  • Editor of English language materials
  • Online English language business developer
  • Foreign language teacher

Program Details

Degree Awarded

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Estimated Length

17 months



Program Cost

$2,137 per unit


  • On Campus

Next Deadline

March 15th, 2023

Start Date

Week of August 21, 2023

Class Times

Various times during the day and evening, Monday through Friday

Take the Next Step

Meet our Student Ambassadors

Our student ambassadors can provide you with helpful insight through the lens of their own experiences. Connect with a student of your choice by email, and set up a time to talk. 


Clara Colin

Credential: World Languages 
Graduation year: 2023
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
“I’ve made friends from all over the world who have enriched my perspective on language education. I’m excited to delve deeper into my role as an educator alongside them.”

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Callah Darmali

Associate Director, Office of Admission and Scholarships

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