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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
$2,137 per unit
- On Campus
November 1, 2022
Week of August 21, 2023
Various times during the day and evening, Monday through Friday
Take the Next Step
Our professors are dedicated to supporting your growth and sharing practical experience from years in the classroom.
- Adjunct Associate Professor
- Teacher Education
- Professor of Clinical Education
- Teacher Education
- Equity • Racial and Social Justice in Language Education • Racial Discourses • Multilingual & Multiracial Parent Engagement • Technology for Equity in Language Education • Critical & Culturally Sustaining Multilingual Pedagogies
- Part-Time Master Lecturer
- Teacher Education
- Critical Reflection • Authenticity • Heritage Language Learners
- Professor of Clinical Education Chair
- Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT—TESOL)
- Higher Education
- English Language Policy • Language Teacher Preparation • Higher Education Program Development • Online/Hybrid Curriculum Design • Comparative Education • Fostering Creativity
- Associate Professor of Clinical Education
- Teacher Education
- Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Teacher Education
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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.”
of MAT-TESOL alums said their USC Rossier education prepared them to be more effective in their career
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