Master of Arts in Teaching- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (online)
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 online (MAT-TESOL online) 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
- Take classes online from any location
- Hone your teaching skills by practicing at a school site
- Have the option to complete the program full time or part time
California residents have the option to complete the requirements to be recommended for a California World Languages: Languages Other Than English preliminary teaching credential with the addition of four units.
The MAT-TESOL online program curriculum meets three learning goals designed to support your understanding of important concepts and mastery of teaching skills.
Online Learning Experience
The online learning experience blends interaction with fellow students and faculty during scheduled weekly live class sessions and coursework assignments completed on your own time. Live class sessions are facilitated by faculty and include highly interactive discussions, and frequent collaborative small-group breakout discussions.
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 near where you live. 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 and reside in the state of California, you may optionally pursue a California preliminary single subject teaching credential in World Languages: Languages Other Than English (LOTE). 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.
*If you complete the program part-time, talk with your academic advisor about your specific student teaching schedule.
As an applicant, you will be automatically considered for a $5,000 scholarship. There is no need to submit a separate application for this scholarship. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics. All USC scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.
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.
To be considered for financial aid, you must apply for the FAFSA. 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.
Graduates of the MAT-TESOL online 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
Full Time: 17 months
Part Time: 29 months
$2,201 per unit (estimated)
June 3, 2024.
Week of August 21, 2024
Various times during the day and evening Monday through Friday in the Pacific Time Zone
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- Technology and Education, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Heritage Language Development, Teacher Training, Reading in Second Language Acquisition, Accents and Multilingualism, Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics
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- 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
- Teaching Professor of Education
- Teacher Education
- Professor of Clinical Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT—TESOL)
- Higher Education
- International and Comparative Higher Education; Curriculum and Program Development; Online and Digital Learning; English Language Education and Policy; Fostering Creativity and Innovation
- Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Teacher Education
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