Master of Education: Concentration in 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 2.75 or higher, and a current teaching license in ESL at the initial or professional level. Candidates who have attained initial licensure in ESL from another program or by another route would be required to take at least two other courses (e.g., SIFE or Global Perspectives, or a graduate course approved by the Graduate Coordinator, e.g. History of the English Language or a reading course).

Admission Requirements for the Master of Education: Concentration in ESL

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
  • Results of a language proficiency assessment, if applicable
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) scores (waived with evidence of passing scores on the appropriate MTEL exams, or evidence of a prior advanced degree.)
  • Copy of initial or professional license in English as a Second Language (Waived for students applying to the non-licensure option.)
  • 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.

Program of Study

Required Courses(10 credits)
ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-982Research in Education3
ES-934Esl Sem:Research in Language & Education3
ES-935ESL Portfolio Evaluation1
ESL Concentration (to be chosen in consultation with Program Coordinator)(24 credits)
ES-924Linguistics for Teachers of English Language Learners3
CD-910Speech/Language Development, Differences and Diversity3
ED-978Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Bilingual and English Language Learners3
ES-928Second Language Acquisition3
ES-914Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Skills to the ELL3
ED-986Literacy Instruction for the English Language Learner (ELL)3
ED-955Assessing English Language Learners3
ES-930Shelteres Instruction and Assessment in the Immersion Classroom3
Total Credits34


ES-929Assessing and Teaching English Language Learners With Disabilities3
ES-931Leading an Effective English Learner Education Program3
ES-932Teaching Adult ESL and SIFE3
ES-933Global Perspectives in Cultural Diversity3