2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Licensure Only: English as a Second Language (5-12) 24 credits

This program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in English as Second Language (5-12) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This program features courses aligned with Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) domains. After successfully completing the practicum, students will be eligible for Initial license in ESL.

Courses may be waived based on previous coursework or past experience. Courses waived will reduce the total number of program credits (up to 9 credits may be waived).

Program Requirements:

  • Initial or Professional license(s) in Middle School (5-8) or High School (9-12)
  • Documentation of having earned a minimum of 6 college credits in a language other than English or equivalent must be submitted prior to program completion. For non-native English speakers, English is considered to be the foreign language.

Practicum Prerequisites: Completion of a semester long, two day a week (around 200 hrs) pre-practicum experience in a classroom appropriate to the license sought; satisfactory completion of pre-practicum courses and appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. These full-time, full-semester student teaching experiences are accompanied by a weekly seminar and require a field experience fee.

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (18 credits):

All of the following courses must be completed prior to EECLD 7005, and many courses include field-based assignments.

EECLD 6001Culturally Responsive Teaching


EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language


EECLD 6004First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development


EECLD 6107Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Literacy and Literature (5-12)


EECLD 6111Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Content Areas (5-12)


EECLD 6120Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Learners (5-12)


Practicum (6 credits):

EECLD 7005Practicum and Seminar in ESL (5-12)