English as a Second Language, M.Ed. | Online (optional) | Cambridge College | Boston, United States
M.Ed. On Campus Online

English as a Second Language

24 months
591 USD/credit 8865 USD/year
591 USD/credit 8865 USD/year
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Learn to teach English as a second language (ESL), in this flexible, affordable graduate program designed for working professionals. The English as a Second Language master’s degree program from Cambridge College meets all state regulations for licensing of Teachers of English as a Second Language, with the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement.


English learners are one of the fastest growing groups of students in the United States. The master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Cambridge College prepares you for careers in this high-demand field, offering benefits such as:

  • Career-focused learning. Courses present nationally recognized research-based models for first and second language learning, address curriculum mandates, and explore the developmental characteristics of students in grades PreK-6, 5-12, and adult levels.
  • Real-world skill development. The English as a Second Language master’s degree program includes a practicum and seminar guided and evaluated by a licensed/certified ESL teacher in the classroom and a Cambridge College ESL supervisor.
  • Diverse experiences. At Cambridge College, you’ll work with other adult learners from all over the world, gaining diverse viewpoints and enriching your educational experience in the process. In fact, we were recently ranked among the Most Ethnically Diverse Colleges in America by Best College Reviews.
  • Flexible schedules that fit your life. Offering convenient day, evening, weekend, and online class options designed for adult learners, Cambridge College provides the flexibility you need to complete your graduate degree while balancing work and family time.

Careers for English as a Second Language Teachers

Graduates of the licensure program are able to teach English as a second language in a variety of educational settings, such as:

  • Public, private, and charter schools
  • Educational collaboratives
  • Community programs

Licensure graduates are also eligible for the Massachusetts SEI Teacher Endorsement.

Non-licensure master’s degree graduates are able to provide ESL support and tutoring in schools, and to teach or tutor ESL in other settings including:

  • Higher education intensive ESL
  • Other countries
  • Immigrant support programs
  • Workplace ESL

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linguistics and Language Variations
  • Methods and Materials for English as a Second Language
  • Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL Students
  • Technology for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
  • Equitable Assessment for ESL Learners
  • Identification and Instruction of ESL Learners with Disabilities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

A completed application must be received within enough time for students to receive the i20 and arrive in the U.S. prior to the term start-date.


30 SCH
  • Credits: 30-31
  • Credits for Licensure: 33


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript
  • Earned bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA required.
  • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency.
  • Current Résumé
  • Personal Statement - Write a two-page, typed, double-spaced essay (500 words) describing your professional experience, your goals and objectives for graduate study and for educator licensure.
  • Two Professional Recommendations
  • For licensure: MA Educator Documentation from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) website.
  • Required for entry:
  • Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID  (MEPID number).
  • MTEL Communication & Literacy Test, successfully completed.
  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8865 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 591 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    8865 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 591 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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