The USC Rossier School of Education partners with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (UST) and with Yonsei University’s Department of Korean Language and Literature to offer an innovative dual master’s degree program in teaching English and teaching Chinese or Korean as part of its World Master in Language Teaching Program.
Qualified students will complete course work both at USC and at one of the partner universities, spending part of their time at UST or Yonsei University 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 area of English teaching, and one conferred by UST in teaching Chinese or by Yonsei University in teaching Korean.
Partner University Degree
USC Rossier School of Education Degree Master of Arts in Teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT-TESOL), with an option for individuals to complete requirements for a California preliminary Single Subject teaching credential, with specialization in World Language: English Language Development or World Language: LOTE (Language Other Than English).
UST School of Humanities and Social Sciences Degree: Master of Arts in International Language Education (MAILE), with one of two specializations: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
Yonsei University Department of Korean Language and Literature Degree: Master of Arts in Korean Language and Literature with an option to pursue a Korean Language Teaching license
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, 6 units of pre-approved course work taken at UST or Yonsei University 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 or Yonsei and part of their time at USC.
USC: All courses at USC will be taught in English. Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for admission.
UST: All courses at UST will be taught in English. Minimum TOEFL/IELTS 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 at Yonsei, accommodations will be provided for non-Korean speakers who wish to complete the degree. Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for admission to both programs. Those students pursuing the additional option to obtain a Korean Language Teaching license at Yonsei must demonstrate academic proficiency in Korean.
Program of Study
The USC Master of Arts in Teaching – 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 6 units from UST or Yonsei University coursework and therefore complete 18 units (22 units for the credential track) at USC. Students must also complete 18 units at UST or 15 units at Yonsei University (18 units for those pursuing the Korean language teaching license). Students begin with a fall 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. The total program is completed in approximately 21 months.