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The Master of Arts in Teaching—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT–TESOL) program courses and fieldwork offer a developmental and integrated learning experience that will equip you to provide systematic and effective English language instruction. The purpose of the program is to produce equity-minded language educators who embody extraordinary teaching, critical inquiry and transformative advocacy.

The program is designed to prepare you to:

Become an effective teacher

  • Design inclusive and student-centered learning environments that are effective and engaging for every learner.
  • Integrate content-based and contextualized language instruction that builds on the sociolinguistic capital of each learner.
  • Employ varied assessments and feedback to promote learning, ensure equitable outcomes and inform instruction.

Consistently analyze and improve teaching and learning

  • Apply a range of applied 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.

Address injustices in the field of language education

  • Identify and learn about issues that adversely affect languages or language learners.
  • Collaborate with others to learn more and increase one’s influence.
  • Take action to address injustices and improve outcomes for language learners.

MAT-TESOL Non-Credential Track

The non-credential track is tailored to prepare you to teach in private schools, international schools, adult education, community colleges and other higher education settings. The non-credential track requires a minimum of 24 units.

MAT-TESOL Credential Tracks1

The credential tracks are designed to prepare you to teach in the United States in a single subject language teaching assignment. For students in the on campus program, credential tracks are offered for a California preliminary single subject teaching credential in English Language Development or World Languages. Pursuing a credential track requires a minimum of 28 units.

To obtain a teaching credential, you must fulfill a series of requirements in addition to your coursework at USC Rossier, including several exams. Upon completion of the program and credential requirements, USC Rossier will recommend qualified candidates to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a teaching credential. For more information on credentialing requirements, please contact your admission representative.

English Language Development Authorizes you to teach English Language Development (ELD) in departmentalized K-12 classroom assignment.
World Languages Authorizes you to teach a language other than English as a world language in a single subject classroom assignment.