The USC Rossier School of Education partners with three premier international universities to offer an innovative dual master’s degree program in teaching English and another language (Chinese, Korean or Spanish) as part of its World Master in Language Teaching Program.
Chinese and English track: School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (UST)
Korean and English track: Yonsei University’s Department of Korean Language and Literature
Spanish and English track: Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de Mexico-Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico (IBERO)
Qualified students will complete course work both at USC and at one of the partner universities, spending part of their time at UST, Yonsei University or IBERO and part of their time at USC. Upon satisfying all program requirements at the two institutions, two master’s degrees will be awarded, one degree conferred by USC in the areas of English teaching and one conferred by UST in teaching Chinese by Yonsei University in Korean language and literature or by IBERO in education and teaching in Spanish.
Students wishing to pursue this dual master’s program must satisfy all application requirements for both the USC Rossier School of Education and the selected partner university.
Once candidates apply and are accepted to the program, they must complete all requirements for both degrees. Upon completion of both degree requirements, the two degrees will be conferred. For this dual degree, the equivalent of 6 units of pre-approved course work taken at UST, Yonsei University or IBERO may be transferred and applied to the degree requirements at USC. Students who elect to receive only the USC degree must change their degree objective from this dual degree program to a different degree objective in the Rossier School of Education.
This is a two-year campus based program during which students spend part of their time at UST, Yonsei University or IBERO and part of their time at USC.
USC: All courses at USC will be taught in English. Minimum TOEFL/ELTS scores are required for admission.
UST: All courses at UST will be taught in English, Minimum TOEFL/ELTS scores are required for admission. For the Teaching Chinese as a Second Language concentration at UST, minimum proficiency in Chinese must be demonstrated.
Yonsei University: While some courses will be taught in Korean, accommodations will be provided for non-Korean speakers who wish to complete the degree. Minimum TOEFL/ELTS scores are required for admission. Those students pursuing the additional option to obtain a Korean Language Teaching license at Yonsei must demonstrate academic proficiency in Korean.
IBERO: All courses at IBERO will be taught in Spanish. To be admitted, applicants must demonstrate academic proficiency in the Spanish language by passing CSET Spanish Subtest III.
Program of Study
The USC Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a 24-unit degree (28 units for the credential track). Students in the World Masters in Language Teaching program may transfer in the equivalent of 6 units of pre-approved course work from UST, Yonsei University or IBERO and therefore reduce the requirement at USC to 18 units (22 units for credential track).
Students must also complete the required number of units at the selected partner university: 18 units at UST, 15 units at Yonsei University (18 units for those pursuing the Korean language teaching license) or 58 units at IBERO. In the UST and Yonsei University tracks, students begin with a semester at UST or Yonsei University, then complete two semesters at USC (spring and fall), before returning to UST or Yonsei University for their final Spring semester. In the IBERO track, students will spend the first two semesters at the USC. During this time they will take one online course at IBERO. They will then complete two terms at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de Mexico-Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico. Finally, they will end the program with a final semester at USC Rossier.