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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Initial Licensure (Master of Arts in Teaching)

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Bridgewater, MA 02325

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The TESOL program is designed to provide language and pedagogical instruction to teachers of students whose first language is not English. This graduate degree program will, therefore, provide much-needed theory, practices, and strategies for preparing public-school teachers to work with English language learners. At the same time, the program will also provide useful instruction and training for teachers who may wish to work in other learning environments such as colleges, community groups and organizations, or international schools.

The TESOL program includes a wide variety of courses that are endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) and the option to seek Sheltered English Immersion Training (SEI) for public school teachers.

Program Highlights

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a dynamic and inspiring learning environment, offering you countless opportunities to work side-by-side with peers, experienced classroom teachers and dedicated faculty in a collegial and supportive atmosphere.  Integrating theory and practice, the program provides a balanced emphasis on building advanced teaching skills and deeper knowledge within a particular discipline.

The MAT program offers:

  • Diverse faculty with advanced degrees and extensive teaching and research experience
  • A solid foundation in effective teaching, learning, research and communication skills
  • A deeper understanding of instruction and assessment techniques or diverse learners
  • Development of advocacy and leadership competencies
  • Full and part-time program options
  • Small classes that facilitate a more personalized learning experience
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Ken Dobush

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a minimum GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A passing score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation (at least two academic references)

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Sessions: February 1

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Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The MAT TESOL is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at



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