CMS Teaching Information

Applicants to the Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) part-time teaching pool must have an M.A. degree in TESOL or a related field, and have experience teaching academic writing (composition), academic reading and grammar for writing.

Additionally, an applicant must participate in a screening process that includes an exam and an interview; this process takes place annually in April. Successful applicants enter a pool of teachers and are assigned to classes based on seniority and course availability.

San Francisco State University’s M.A. program in English with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) provides training to teach English as a second language in the U.S. and internationally. It is one of the oldest and largest such programs in the country. Graduates of the program teach English to immigrants and international students in community colleges, universities, English language institutes, adult education programs and community and workplace settings. Completion of the M.A. TESOL degree does not fulfill requirements for K - 12 teacher credentialing in California. SF State’s Graduate College of Education has programs for the single-subject and multiple-subject credentials.

Contact the CMS coordinator for more specific information about the position.

Requirements for Admission to the Hiring Pool

  1. Applicants must hold an M.A. in TESOL or a closely related field. Graduate student applicants who will be completing their last semester of coursework may apply. However, such applicants are generally hired only after they have completed their course work.
  2. Applicants should have university-level CMS teaching experience in the area of writing instruction. (The CMS program at San Francisco State University is primarily a composition program.)
  3. Applicants must have a complete application on file in the CMS program office. The application must include a curriculum vita, three letters of reference, transcripts, an application form and a statement of purpose.
  4. Applicants must successfully pass the CMS screening exam. Please note that the exam is administered only once a year, in the spring.
  5. Applicants who have passed the screening exam must successfully complete an interview with the CMS committee, a group of six full-time and part-time faculty.