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The graduate program in English as a Second Language prepares candidates to serve linguistically and culturally diverse students in PreK-6 classrooms. Both the master’s degree and initial license are obtained through the 36-credit program, including a practicum experience in an ESL classroom setting. 

Completion of a teacher education program is one of the requirements for initial licensure from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Applicants will undergo a review to determine whether they can demonstrate subject-matter knowledge for an initial license in English as a Second Language.

Beginning September 1, 2016, new students will follow the prescribed program listed below in conjunction with advisor approval. Students enrolled in the program prior to this date must meet with their advisor to review the remaining courses in their program.

All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration in future semesters. 

English as a Second Language Teacher Education Program

Course Requirements

Suggested sequence of courses.

Course Title Credits

ED 5740G

ED 6500G

Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

Pre-Practicum Field-Based Experience I



ED 5910G Foundations for ESL Education 4

ED 5900G

ED 5720G

Linguistic Foundations
Foundations of Language and Reading

ED 555G Teaching Reading and Writing Skills to English Language Learners 4
ED 553G Assessment of English Language Learners 4
ED 558G Literature in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom 4
ED 556G  Teaching Content to English Language Learners 4
ED 559G Current Issues and Trends in ELL 4
ED 6505G Pre-Practicum Field Experience II 0

ED 560G

ED 6510G

Practicum for English Language Learners (PreK-6)

Practicum Seminar



Practicum Requirements
  • Successful completion of all MTEL exams related to the license
  • Practicum application with advisor permission and signature
  • Attendance at a practicum information session
  • Good academic standing in the graduate program
MTEL Requirements
  • Communications & Literacy Skills (01): Reading and Writing subtests
  • English as a Second Language (54)

Course work and program options are subject to change.

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