MA in TESOL

Total units required for MA: 33

Program Description

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) requires extensive study of linguistics and pedagogy, as well as actual teaching and/or tutoring experience with second-language students. The culminating experience of the MA TESOL Concentration is the comprehensive examination.

The MA TESOL provides professional preparation and training in the theory and practice of teaching English to non-native speakers. The program is designed for graduate students who expect to teach in community college or secondary or adult education settings in the U.S. or in adult or university level courses overseas. The program is also preparation for the Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics.

Admission Requirements

To ensure that students entering the program have the potential to succeed, both in the program and in their teaching careers, the MA TESOL has the following admission requirements:

  • a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, including a 3.0 GPA in the final 60 units;
  • international students must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL as follows: 600 on the traditional TOEFL, with a score of 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) OR 250 or higher on the computerized TOEFL, with a score of 5 on the Test of Written English OR 100 or higher on the TOEFL, with a minimum of 24 on the writing section;
  • completion of prerequisite courses (or their equivalents1) with a grade of "B" or better:
    ENGL 110ALinguistics and the English Language3
    ENGL 110QEnglish Grammar for ESL Teachers3
  • Students should complete all prerequisites before enrolling in a graduate-level (200 and above) courses. A student who has not completed all prerequisites may be dropped by the instructor from a graduate-level course; and
  • Preference will be given to those students who have completed 2 semesters of college-level foreign language (6 units).
  • The University requires that all graduate students admitted in Fall 1980 or later pass the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG).
1

Students should see the TESOL Coordinator for a transcript evaluation if they have completed equivalent coursework. Under no circumstances will any coursework more than seven years old be accepted for transfer.

Admission Procedures

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited, so applicants should file as early as possible in the semester prior to intended admittance. Students not meeting all requirements may be conditionally accepted as long as space is available in the program. Applicants must complete a university application by the posted application deadline date for the term applying. For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/. Before applying, students should make an appointment to set up an advising file with the TESOL Advisor.

Note: Because of the budget constraints, undergraduates and unclassified graduate students can be admitted to TESOL graduate courses on a space available basis only.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree

Units required for the MA:  33

Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.0

Notes:

  • Up to 3 units of ENGL 299 may apply to the degree.
  • Optional Support Field: With permission of the Graduate Coordinator, up to 6 of the 30 units required for the MA in English may be taken in fields closely related to English.

Advancement to Candidacy

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy indicating a proposed program of graduate study. The procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
  • a plan of study that has been filled out with the help of the TESOL Advisor;
  • completed at least 12 units of 200-level courses in the Master's Degree program with a "B" or better in each course; and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.
  • Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Office of Graduate Studies, River Front Center 206, (916) 278-6470. The completed form is then returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

The MA in TESOL includes the Certificate of Advanced Study in TESOL. Coursework for the Certificate must be completed with grades of "B" or better. Credential candidates may apply for Supplemental Authorization in ESL through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Candidates for the Adult Education Credential in ESL may apply through their local County Office of Education. An extensive job file for employment in the U.S. and overseas is maintained in the TESOL Program Office, Calaveras Hall 138.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (27 Units)
ENGL 200DMaterials and Methods of TESOL Research 3
ENGL 410BInternship-ESL Teaching3
ENGL 200ECurriculum and Assessment Design for Language Classrooms3
ENGL 210BSociolinguistics and TESOL3
ENGL 210GSecond Language Acquisition3
ENGL 215AReading/Vocabulary Acquisition3
ENGL 215BESL Writing/Composition3
ENGL 215CPedagogical Grammar for TESOL3
ENGL 215DPedagogy of Spoken English3
Electives (3 Units)
Select one of the following: 13
Technology in Second Language Teaching
Teaching College Composition
Topics in Composition Studies
Writing Center Theory and Practice: Internships
Internship in Teaching Writing
Internship in Teaching Adult Reading
Culminating Requirement (3 Units) 2
ENGL 598TCulminating Experience - TESOL3
Total Units33
1

An upper division or graduate course not on this list may be substituted with the prior permission of the graduate coordinator.

2

Students must complete a thesis, project, or TESOL comprehensive examination. The thesis and project options require permission of the graduate coordinator. Only students with an earned GPA of 3.7 or higher will be given permission to do a thesis or project.

Certificate - TESOL

Option B: Required Courses (15 Units)
ENGL 110ALinguistics and the English Language3
ENGL 110PSecond Language Learning and Teaching3
ENGL 110QEnglish Grammar for ESL Teachers3
ENGL 215BESL Writing/Composition 13
ENGL 410BInternship-ESL Teaching3
Elective (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Curriculum and Assessment Design for Language Classrooms
Technology in Second Language Teaching
Reading/Vocabulary Acquisition 1
Pedagogical Grammar for TESOL 1,2
Teaching College Composition
Topics in Composition Studies
Total Units18
1

ENGL 110A and ENGL 110P must be completed before any ENGL 215 course

2

ENGL 110Q must be completed before attempting ENGL 215C.