M.Ed. On Campus

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Boston University

12 months
58560 USD/year
58560 USD/year
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The program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – International, College and Adult at Boston University prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages at all levels internationally and at the college and adult levels in the United States.


Key facts

Students of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program offered by Boston University, seeking licensure to teach ESL at the Pre-K–12 level in the United States should see the licensure track section in this website.

Most of the domestic students who enroll in the program are interested in teaching English to adults in college, community, and other programs in the United States and abroad. Students may also use this training to teach English as a foreign language to younger learners in primary and secondary schools abroad. International students returning to their home countries teach English as a foreign language at a variety of levels.

Application to the program is competitive. International students who do not hold a degree from an English-speaking institution must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. Our school code is 3066. For TOEFL score information, please visit our website.

Students in the program are required to take courses in linguistic theory, applied English grammar, language acquisition, methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages, research methodology, and two approved electives, chosen from options such as inter-cultural communication, computer-assisted language learning, language program management, and applied phonology. Candidates are also required to complete a semester of supervised student teaching (for native speakers of English) or guided observation (for non-native speakers of English) in a field setting that matches their particular interests. BU’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages produces innovative teachers well versed in both theoretical and applied teaching principles.

Graduates of the program teach in a wide variety of settings, and particular emphasis is placed on the development and evaluation of curriculum materials. As a result, many of our graduates have published extensively and have developed new materials for a rapidly expanding field in education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of TESOL Pedagogy
  • Structure of English
  • Applied Linguistics: Language and Linguistics Survey
  • Research
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Advanced Seminar in TESOL Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official standardized test score reports
  • Non-refundable $95 application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    58560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58560 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    58560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58560 USD per year during 12 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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