TESOL Master of Education Programs California


Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages

UCR’s MEd with TESOL emphasis prepares you to teach the English language to those who are non-English speakers, and also give non-English speakers a better understanding of American culture. Far more than just grammar, the TESOL MEd explores the theory and research behind language learning and equips you to become an excellent resource to those who want to learn English as a second language and gain insight into the American way of life.

You will attend small master’s and TESOL classes made up of a cohort of students who progress through the program together as a unit. The program includes classes from both the Graduate School of Education and University Extension. The partnership between GSOE and University Extension will give you a boost toward earning your MEd since eight units from the TESOL certificate also count toward the MEd.

Highlights of the TESOL MEd Program

  • Learn to evaluate research and apply best practices in English language programs.
  • Undertake a capstone course and develop an analytical report exploring a research topic of interest.
  • Attend MEd classes that meet in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
  • Complete a total of 36 quarter units including an option to apply up to 8 units of UCR Extension coursework from the TESOL certificate program. See Program Curriculum for more details.

NOTE: Applicants interested in the program must complete the 15-unit TESOL Certificate at Extension prior to starting the M.Ed. program. Interested applicants should contact the TESOL Academic Coordinator and check out the TESOL Program webpages for domestic and international students prior to applying.

Career Prospects for Teachers of English as a Second Language

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports adult literacy teachers including ESL teachers typically earn a median salary of about $48,590, as of 2012. Job openings are more plentiful in states with a large non-native English speaking population such as California, Texas and New York. The Bureau does not provide projections specifically for TESOL teachers, but for teachers overall it projects 12 percent growth in elementary teacher job openings and 6 percent growth in high school teaching positions through 2022. Adult literacy teaching positions are anticipated to increase by 9 percent through 2022.

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