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2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A. Program

Program Description

CSUEB’s M.A. TESOL program provides students with a strong generalist preparation to work with adult English learners while still allowing students to explore particular specialties, such as general linguistics or composition studies. The program is organized around a cohort model which helps to create a strong sense of connection between classmates. There are eight required classes (28 units) as well as a departmental thesis (2 units). Most students complete the program in two academic years.

Career Opportunities

  • Teach ESOL at community colleges and adult schools
  • Teach composition to bilingual students at four-year colleges and universities
  • Teach in intensive English programs
  • Teach workplace English in the private sector
  • Teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world
  • Prepare for Ph.D. study in English studies, linguistics, or education
  • Work in a variety of jobs for ESOL textbook publishers
  • Develop ESOL materials
  • Start a tutoring business

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), students must hold a baccalaureate degree in any field with a 3.0 overall GPA, and have completed the prerequisite courses or their equivalents.

Student Standing and Progress Toward the Degree

Students are normally admitted to the M.A. TESOL as “Conditionally Classified Graduate” students. Once students have completed any outstanding prerequisite courses and have passed the Writing Skills Test, they may apply for “Classified Graduate” status. In order to advance to candidacy, students must have completed 18 units of graduate-level coursework with grades of “B” and higher.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an M.A. TESOL from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. communicate effectively in the profession both orally and in writing;
  2. apply information literacy principles in their work as TESOL professionals;
  3. draw on knowledge of language ability to shape their instructional choices;
  4. use pedagogical content knowledge appropriate for a particular group of language learners;
  5. integrate principles of diversity and inclusiveness in their classrooms;
  6. select life-long learning strategies to stay current in the profession.

TESOL Degree Requirements (30 units)


The following prerequisite courses or their equivalents for 0-8 units are to be completed prior to taking the major coursework:

Capstone Requirement

The following capstone course for 2 units is required to complete the major requirements:

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the University requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 70% unit residence requirement; the five-year rule on currency of subject matter; the minimum number of units in 600-level courses; the “C” minimum grade for each graduate course; the 3.00 cumulative grade point average; and the University Writing Skills Requirement.

Note: For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call (510) 885-3661.

Department Courses Listed by Course Type

English Courses

Department of English

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English: American/Global Literature

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English: Education

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English: Foundation

English: Global Literature

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English: Literary Theory

English: Rhetoric and Composition

English: World Literature

English: Writing Workshop


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