Master of Arts for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Program Overview

Our two-year Master of Arts for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program provides a well-balanced curriculum of theoretical and practical coursework to a diverse body of students from the United States and around the globe. Our students develop a comprehensive understanding of second language acquisition theory, language pedagogy, assessment, and research while also learning about the sociopolitical, multicultural, and racialized global contexts within which English instruction takes place.

Students are given the unique opportunity to take two practicum courses in which they work with international students and are mentored by experienced English language teachers as they learn to translate theory into practice. We also offer a limited number of competitive TAships, generally to second year students, which enable students to teach their own English classes.

English Department Diversity Plan

The English department seeks to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity, especially racial equity, by recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse population of faculty, students, and staff in ways that counter ongoing legacies of systemic inequity and settler colonialism, and their organizing epistemologies.

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish people of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations. The Department's promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion values endeavors that build on this recognition as a means of transforming our research, pedagogy, and/or service.

Read more about the UW English Department's commitment to diversity, equity, and justice.  


In addition to taking core MATESOL courses offered by our program’s faculty members and by highly experienced English Language Teacher educators, students have the opportunity to study with distinguished faculty from the Language and Rhetoric unit of the Department of English (see our degree requirements for more information).

MATESOL Faculty:

Language and Rhetoric Faculty:

Awards and Achievements

  • In 2019, our program was granted the English Language Fellow Top Producing Institution Award by the US State Department for preparing the largest number of English Language Fellows. The award was given to only five institutions in the US by the State Department on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its English Language Fellow program.
  • Professor Suhanthie Motha has been invited to deliver a featured talk at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2021 conference titled: "Is an antiracist and decolonizing applied linguistics possible? Connecting the past to the future."
  • Professor Suhanthie Motha will be an invited speaker at TESOL 2024 in March.

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha gave a keynote at the VIII International Qualitative Research Conference at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, on June 28th, 2023. Her talk was titled "Unbelonging-as-Love: Knowledge Production, Drinking Tea, and Anticoloniality in Community-Based Research." 

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha was a keynote speaker at the University of British Columbia Department of Language and Literacy Education Conference on April 29th, 2023.  She gave a talk titled: "Grappling with community-engaged and collaborative practice: Love, knowledge production, and anticoloniality."

  • Professor Cristina Sánchez-Martín was the Panel Chair and Discussant at the TESOL International Convention panel on Powerful Voices of Multilingual English Leaders in Mentorship in TESOL with Ethan Tinh Trinh, Ali Fuad Selvi, Luciana de Oliveira, Lia Kamhi-Stein, March 23, 2023. Portland, US. 

  • Professor Cristina Sánchez-Martín was part of an Invited Panel on “Decolonization, DEIA, and Antiracism in ELT: Theory to Practice” with Mary Romney, RAsheda Young, Tasha Austin, Lavette Coney, Madjiguene Salma Bah Fall, and Piero Carlini, March 23, 2023. Portland, US. 

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha spoke about "Reimagining Collaboration in Applied Linguistics" at the American Association for Applied Linguistics' Graduate Student Council Panel in Portland, OR, March 18th, 2023.

  • Professor Cristina Sánchez-Martín gave an online talk on “Teaching While Grad School-ing: What, Why, How” for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the American  Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), December 5, 2022. 

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha was a guest speaker at Georgetown University, discussing "Antiracism, anticoloniality, and language: Imagining the future of applied linguistics," April 5th, 2022, Washington, D.C.

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha gave a keynote talk at the WATESOL (Washington DC Area) conference "Is Antiracist English Language Teaching Possible?" October 16th,  2021. 

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha gave the keynote talk at the WAESOL (Washington state) conference "Imagining the future of Antiracist English Language Teaching?" October 23rd, 2021.

  • Professor Cristina Sánchez-Martín gave a talk on Whiteness in an online multilingual writing course: practices, possibilities, and challenges at Towson University's First Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium on June 16, 2021.

  • Professor Suhanthie Motha delivered a keynote talk at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in March 2021 conference titled: "Is an antiracist and decolonizing applied linguistics possible? Connecting the past to the future."

Degree Requirements & Program Guide

The MATESOL program is designed to be completed in five to six full-time quarters. MATESOL students can refer to the MATESOL Degree Requirements for more information.

Application Information

Application materials are due January 2nd. If January 2nd falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline is the following Monday.

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