Westcliff University

Westcliff University

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)


18000 Studebaker Rd.


Cerritos, CA 92606

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Westcliff MA TESOL program prepares you for a career in TESOL instruction or administration. At Westcliff University you will

  • Work with diverse students, make teaching demonstrations, and lead projects based on the latest research in the TESOL field
  • Build a foundation in TESOL principles for teaching and for administration
  • Develop your ability to think critically and problem solve creatively
  • Take advantage of workshops and guest speaker presentations, offered throughout the year on both online and hybrid programs.
  • Network with students and faculty working in diverse TESOL backgrounds
  • Equally important, you will learn from professors who are experienced TESOL instructors, administrators, and curriculum and program developers

The MA TESOL Program produces graduates with the skills to train teaching faculty who excel in their roles as educators, creative scholars, and researchers.  This program will prepare teachers for a wide variety of positions both in the US and abroad.  Our students will be equipped with the specialized knowledge and field skills for teaching English to speakers of other languages.  Upon graduation, they will be competent professional educators with demonstrable leadership skills.


MA TESOL Program Objectives:

  • Demonstrate principles of language pedagogy and of current best practices in teaching English to speakers of other languages; explain how these principles are based on research into language acquisition and the teaching of the various skill areas
  • Demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English at a level commensurate with the role of a language model by illustrating knowledge of the English language and skills required to explain the English language system
  • Apply current TESOL pedagogy in the creation of effective lesson plans for diverse groups of learners in a variety of teaching contexts; integrate new technology into these lesson plans
  • Explain current theories concerning the cognitive, affective, social, and cultural factors involved in the acquisition and use of second languages and apply this knowledge in effective lesson design and classroom interactions with second language learners
  • Identify the skills necessary for effective leadership in and outside the classroom; apply these skills to individual professional development in and outside the classroom
  • Integrate ethical values in learning and teaching


WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36 credits (2 years)

Classification: Unknown

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