MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

The Department of Learning and Teaching offers a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Literacy and Culture Program to assist professionals in the field of education to develop a scholarly and practical approach to literacy and second language instruction. We strive to prepare reflective practitioners who can successfully engage and ensure the academic success of students from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The TESOL, Literacy and Culture Program goals are for candidates to:

  1. develop a critical understanding of theory and practice.
  2. understand the development and implementation of research-based and culturally responsive teaching practices, including those designed to close the achievement gap and systems that perpetuate educational inequity.
  3. serve as change agents and teacher-scholars at local, national and/or international levels.

Additional Requirements for Admission

MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

See here for basic admission requirements.

Entrance Semesters Fall
Application Deadlines Visit
Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
Additional Requirements Resume
Statement of Purpose
Two letters of recommendation
Interview for applicants who meet the preliminary selection criteria may be required

Program of Study (30 units)

Semester I
EDUC 529Language, Literacy and Culture 13
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic 13
EDUC 541Second Language Acquisition and Development 13
Semester II
EDUC 510Cognition and Learning3
or EDUC 513 Human Development
EDUC 543CMethods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 16
Semester III 2
EDUC 500Research Design Methodology3
EDUC 548Special Topics in ESL3
Semester IV
EDUC 549PPracticum in TESOL3
EDUC 580Master's Capstone Seminar3
or EDUC 595 Thesis

Courses required to earn a TESOL certificate.


International Students must enroll in 9 semester units; please see advisor for more information.

Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of Graduate coursework with advisor approval.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.