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English as a Second Language, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
, MA,
The Teaching English as a Second Language program prepares candidates with the disposition, knowledge and skills to create learning environments that enable English Learners (ELs) to become proficient in English and access the academic content area curriculum. 


The program meets all state regulations for licensing of Teachers of English as a Second Language, with the SEI Endorsement. Courses present nationally recognized research-based models for first and second language learning, address curriculum mandates, and the developmental characteristics of students in grades PreK-6, 5-12, and adult levels. Program completers are career-ready, technologically savvy, exhibit inter-cultural competence and are equipped to advance social justice.

Graduates demonstrate the disposition, knowledge and skills expected of professional educators as articulated by regional, state and national accreditation bodies. They understand language as a system, the structure and nature of language, and language variation and change. 

ESL graduates utilize inclusive practices to create a safe and collaborative learning environment that fosters positive socio-emotional development. They set high expectations for all students; implement well-structured lessons, with measurable assessments of learning; and engage in ongoing reflection on practice.

Candidates who complete the ESL licensure program are able to teach ESL in public, private, and charter schools, educational collaboratives, and community programs. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Equitable Assessment for ESL Learners
  • Identification and Instruction of ESL Learners with Disabilities
  • Second Language Acquisition and Culture
  • Methods and Materials for English as a Second Language
  • Linguistics and Language Variations
  • Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL Students
For more information, please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcript - Official transcripts of your completed bachelor's degree along with any transcripts of other degrees held from accredited institutions of higher education must be submitted.
  • Current Résumé
  • Personal Statement - Write a two-page, typed, double-spaced essay (500 words) describing your professional experience
  • Two Professional Recommendations
  • International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:
  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Tuition Fee

  • International

    554 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 554 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    554 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 554 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    554 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 554 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Application Fee: $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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