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12 Month Accelerated MA TESOL Program

Introducing the 12-Month Accelerated Master of Arts in TESOL Program –

Your Fast-Track to Global Teaching Excellence!
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Where will your TESOL degree take you?

Addressing the surging worldwide demand for proficient English language educators, our program is meticulously crafted to provide international students with an expedited and efficient route to enhance their careers or retrain in the dynamic field of TESOL—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Immerse yourself in an unparalleled learning experience that goes beyond traditional education, equipping you with the practical and pedagogical expertise to teach English in diverse educational settings.

Key Program Features:

  • Cohort System: Join a supportive community of learners in a cohort system.
  • In-Person Format: Engage fully in the program through face-to-face interactions.
  • Graduation in One Year: Take two or three courses each term, ensuring you earn your MA TESOL degree within a year. Graduates qualify for 1 year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the US!
  • Intensive Sessions: Benefit from two intensive 8-week sessions in Fall and Spring, along with a 10-week session in the summer.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Complete ten (10) 3-credit unit courses over 12 months.
  • Culminating Experience: Demonstrate your new skills on a comprehensive exam (EESL 6980) during your last academic term.

Embark on this transformative educational experience and become a skilled English language educator ready to make a global impact! Apply now to shape your future in the field of TESOL.

How to Apply

Curriculum Roadmap

Fall Semester

  1. Fall A (August 26–October 18):

    1. EESL 5050 Graduate Writing for TESOL
    2. EESL 5300 Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
  2. Fall B (October 21–December 13):

    1. EESL 6800 Research in TESOL
    2. EESL 6600 Structure, Functions and Acquisition of English

Spring Semester

  1. Spring A (January 27–March 21):

    1. EESL 5500 Listening and Speaking Methods in TESOL
    2. EESL 6300 Cross-cultural Teaching
    3. EESL 5200 Language Studies for Educators
  2. Spring B (March 24–May 16):

    1. EESL 6700 Principles and Practices in TESOL
    2. EESL 6900 Fieldwork: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Summer Session (May 27–August 1):

  1. EESL 6400 Literacy in TESOL
  2. EESL 6980 Comprehensive Exam
    • The comprehensive examination is designed to test graduating students’ knowledge of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The examination will be offered every year during the summer session, and you may retake it (with approval) up to three times. You must enroll in EESL 6980 the summer after you complete your fourth session, during your last term of course work. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of general admission requirements, as stipulated by CSUSB Division of Graduate Studies at  
  • Completion of B.A. or B. S. degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Official undergraduate transcript (translated into English)
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  • One-page Statement of Purpose:
    • Introduce yourself, your interests, and motivations for TESOL
    • Describe your professional goals as they relate to the TESOL program
    • Explain why you are interested in the CSUSB TESOL program and what you can bring to the table
  • Two letters of recommendation            
  • Applicants whose education has been in a language other than English must submit proof of English ability. They can satisfy this requirement in several ways:
    1. Submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of iBT 79/80 or PBT 550 or higher, taken within the past two years;
    2. Submit scores from the IELTS exam of 6.0 or higher, taken within the past two years;
    3. Submit scores from the Duolingo English exam of 105 or higher, taken within the past two years; or
    4. Complete Level 4 of CSUSB's English Language Program (ELP).


Tuition items and their cost listed: Tuition and fees $25,800; Campus Fees* $1806; Health Insurance * $1900; Living Expenses $17,242; Books and supplies $1,392; Total cost: $48,140.44

*Note: All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the CSU Board of Trustees. Changes may occur without notice.

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