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Initial Teacher License for English as a Second Language

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Margarita Perez
Phone: 508-929-8609


Candidates for this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, and meet the admissions requirements below.

Admission Requirements:
The following is to be submitted to the Graduate School:

• Completed graduate application, including fee and essay
• Official transcripts (Transcripts from outside the United States must be officially translated and evaluated.)
• Two current letters of recommendation
• Tuition Residency Statement
• Passing scores on the Communication & Literacy Skills Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
• Results of a language proficiency assessment, if applicable

In addition, candidates are also required to demonstrate evidence of:

• A course in human, child, or adolescent development at the undergraduate level.
• Documentation of fluency at an intermediate level in a language other than English-- from a college or university or foreign secondary school; through the successful completion of foreign language courses deemed appropriate by the foreign language program in the Languages and Literature Department; or through the proficiency level determined by the University’s language proficiency assessment.
• A passing score report from the ELL or ESL content MTEL – required prior to beginning the practicum

Core Requirements (32):

CD 905 Sound System of English (3)
CD 906 Structure of English (3)
CD 910 Normal Development of Speech and Language (3)
ED 978 Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Bilingual and ELLs (3)
ES 928 Second Language Acquisition (3)
ES 914 Methods & Materials of Teaching English Language Skills to the ELL (3)
ED 986 Literacy Instruction for the English Language Learner (3)
ED 955 Assessing English Language Learners (3)
ES 930 Sheltered Instruction & Assessment in Immersion Classroom (3)
ES 940 Practicum & Seminar in the Teaching ESL Pre-K-6 (5) or
ES 945 Practicum & Seminar in the Teaching ESL 5-12 (5)

Total Minimum Program Credits: 32

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