The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages (TESOL) program, housed in the International and Multicultural Education Department, is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within its sociocultural, linguistic, and political contexts around the world. Based on principles of equity, social justice, and human rights, the program critically addresses the realities of schools and communities in the United States and internationally. The MA TESOL is a practitioner-oriented degree providing a comprehensive coverage of linguistic theory and practical application. Students also learn to examine the intersections of language, culture, power, and inequality. Our program equips students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective social justice language teachers, leaders, and practitioners across various learning contexts in the U.S. and abroad.
The Master of Arts in Teaching Reading/Reading Certificate program (MATR) is designed to help teachers follow USF’s mission to pursue social justice and the common good by ensuring that all students have fair access to high-quality education with a foundation in literacy. The program prepares new and experienced K-12 educators as reading professionals who provide expert literacy instruction in their own classrooms, work as reading tutors and literacy support providers, serve as school literacy coaches, and contribute to the larger debate on literacy policy as engaged scholars.
Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT: UESJ) program will explore critical, transformative pedagogies as a part of their preparation to teach in urban schools. The MAT: UESJ curriculum focuses on the complex learning strengths and needs of urban students from diverse cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates will learn through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, action research, and professional development activities.