Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language

Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language

General information

Magister in Teaching English as a Second Language

2 years
Courses: 11
Total credits: 36
Academic hours: 1728 hours.


Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Total cost:
Registration: $1.228
Tuition: $12.280

Start of classes:
August 2019.

Dates of entrance examination:
May 11, June 8 and 29, and July 13.

Extra information:
COMMUNITY VINCULATION: Opportunity to participate in community projects that include children's readings, book fairs, and English training programs for teachers and tour guides in eastern Ecuador.


The Master's Program in Teaching English as a Second Language is a professional master's degree that seeks to train qualified teachers in knowledge, methods and updated practices that apply to the teaching of foreign languages, specifically English. The program connects theory and practice, through its unique combination of linguistic and cultural knowledge with field practices. The small cohorts and face-to-face format offer students the opportunity to work closely with our highly qualified teachers. In addition, the academic mesh uniquely blends elective subjects that will allow the student to specialize in different areas. The program is conducted entirely in English. Graduates of the program will be highly proficient at teaching English at all levels, from elementary through university.

Candidate profile:

This program is designed for professionals in any field of knowledge who hold a third level degree registered with SENESCYT and who are interested in becoming English teachers. The applicant must be a disciplined and honest person who can work independently and in groups, and who must be able to work to high academic standards. In addition, they must have the maturity and emotional stability to meet the expectations of the institution, the teachers and the tutors.

Applicants must have a strong knowledge of the English language (equivalent to B1 level) and be able to communicate in English both orally and in writing, as the programme is conducted entirely in English. In addition to language, they must possess strong interpersonal skills when managing small and large work groups. Pedagogical, linguistic, cultural and/or related fields of knowledge are also desired. Aspirants must also be organized, motivated and capable of sustaining and completing long-term projects.

Occupational field

Future graduates will occupy a work space in the area of education as highly qualified teachers in the teaching of English as a second language in colleges, universities and foreign language institutes.

In addition, graduate students will be able to transmit their knowledge so that their future students can communicate effectively in English in written and spoken form but will also master the concepts within the framework of socio-linguistics, history and language culture.

Finally, teachers will design English curricula linked to specific learning objectives with outcomes and develop teaching practices that promote transfer and sustainability of learning.


A unique program in the country, which combines knowledge in linguistics and culture with practices in the area.

The programme is taught in English in its entirety.

High level teachers with international training and experience, most of whom have a PhD and are native English speakers.

Comprehensive support to teachers in their professional goals.

Scholarship and financial assistance options.


  • Basic requirements:

  • Third level degree, issued by an accredited university in the country and registered with SENESCYT.
  • Knowledge of the English language, equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework as a minimum (determined by the USFQ English placement test or by TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge certificate). Certificates must not be more than two years old on the date of application).
  • Copy of identity card or passport.
  • Degree certificate with note.
  • Official record of grades.
  • Record of the title of the printed SENESCYT.
  • Pass the USFQ postgraduate admission exam. To do so, refer to the admissions process in:

Specific requirements:

  • Letter of intent to enter the program, written in English, explaining your interest in being part of the master's program.
  • Three (3) academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (may be in Spanish or English).

Financiamiento y Becas

The value of the program is $13,508, which can be canceled in the following ways:

Payment: Cash, Check, Credit Card.

USFQ Alumni have a 10% discount.

Option 1:

Total payment

It can be deferred to 3, 6, 9 and 12 months without interests (Cards of the Bank of Pichincha and Bank of Guayaquil and Diners), cards of other banks only current payment.

Option 2:

2 equal instalments to be paid annually or 4 equal instalments to be paid semi-annually

Each payment can be deferred to 3, 6 and 9 months without interest, or 12 months with interest (Cards of Banco del Pichincha, Banco de Guayaquil and Diners). Other cards, restrictions apply.

The start dates of each semester will be announced in the academic calendar.

Option 3:

Monthly payments through a financing plan (Office E 100)*.

Option 4:

Payment with educational credit/financial institutions, by check or Boucher guarantee, while the bank makes the disbursement (Office E 100)*.

*To access options 3 and 4 contact Robert Gonzales at 2971700 ext. 1892. Office E100. More information on Financial Assistance:

More information about fees, registration and payment methods in the link:


Under the Graduate Scholarship Regulation, four (4) cohort scholarships covering 25% of the value of the program will be awarded, assessing the economic status and academic excellence of candidates, and two (2) cohort scholarships covering 50% of the program for ethnic minority students.

The renewal of the scholarship for the second year of studies will be contingent upon the performance demonstrated by the student in his/her first year; a minimum Cumulative Global Average (GPA) of 3.2/4.00 is expected.

Program contact:

For more information:

Scott Thomas Gibson
Program Director
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 2107

Marina Carniti
Administrative Assistant
(+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 2036

Santiago Tapia
Postgraduate Coordinator – Admissions
Office: G-100
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1824