Master of Education - TESOL Specialization

Admission Requirements

The USF Graduate School and the College of Education have prerequisites for admission. Please check the Admissions pages of the College of Education as well as the USF Office of Graduate Studies for further information.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Ed with TESOL specialization is based on a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate's qualifications and likelihood of success. Success in the program requires excellent presentation and high-quality writing skills, scholarship and a commitment to systematic inquiry. Faculty take into account all information for admissions decisions — balancing previous grade point averages, test scores, previous success in graduate coursework, recommendations, and professional experience. They will also look at the fit of the program to each applicants' personal and professional goals. 

In order to be admitted to the graduate program in Secondary Education, students must present the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher while classified as an upper division student in a baccalaureate degree. In the event that an applicant does not meet the 3.0 GPA, the applicant must complete at least six (6) graduate semester hours as a non-degree seeking student in coursework taught by an ESOL language education faculty member before consideration for admission
  • Evidence of two (2) years of successful professional or educational experiences supporting the fit between professional background and program goals.
  • For international applicants: 
    • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (minimum of 213 computer-based, 550 paper-based, or 79 internet-based test) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (minimum of 6.5).
    • An official evaluation of your transcript from a university outside of the United States is also required. For a list of approved agencies, visit the Office of Graduate Admissions.

 Application Materials include:

  • The USF Graduate Admissions Application
  • A current resume
  • A clear and detailed statement of professional and personal goals describing the reasons why earning this degree relates to those goals
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a current or former professor (or school principal if working in a school environment) who will verify the applicant's likelihood of success in a graduate program
  • Official transcripts from previous educational institutions
  • All supporting documents should be uploaded as part of the online USF Admissions application. 
Application Deadlines
Domestic Students  International Students
Fall admission: June 15 Fall admission: March 1
Spring admission: October 15 Spring admission: August 1
Summer admission: April 15 Summer admission: January 1

Note: All admissions materials including the USF graduate admissions application, student transcripts and supporting documentation must be received by July 20, 2018 to be considered for the Fall 2018 semester.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Phil Smith
(813) 974-1113
(813) 974-3837, Fax
EDU 266A

Taking Classes Before Being Formally Admitted

Students may enroll as non-degree seeking students while gathering their credentials for application. Completed Foreign Language Education applications are considered during the first week of each month and processed on a rolling basis.

In order to register, you will then need to fill out a non-degree seeking form from the Registrar's Office. Please note that:

  • Only 12 USF graduate credit hours that were taken while not officially admitted as a graduate student may be applied to the degree program.
  • Students on a certification-only track who decide afterward to join the MAT program will only be allowed to transfer 12 graduate credit hours to the MAT program.
  • Only eight (8) graduate credit hours or three (3) graduate courses may be transferred from another institution.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an application from Graduate Studies to apply.
  2. Once your application packet is complete and turned in to the Graduate Admissions Office, the Graduate Office sends it to the Foreign Language Education faculty for consideration. The Graduate School then notifies you of the admission decision. Students should contact their advisor following their formal notice of admission in order to be issued their Planned Program of Studies.
  3. You may check your status by contacting the Graduate School (813-974-2846) or visiting the Check Application Page on Office of Admissions. International applicants will need to input their "ID" number and birthdate.  ID number can be obtained by sending an e-mail to
  4. You can find information about registration and financial aid on the website of the Registrar's Office.
  5. A Graduate Orientation for our graduate programs is offered every semester in the Special Events Center. For more information, please visit the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC).