Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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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

  • 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 of 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 of state

Graduate Program Coordinators: Dr. Ken Dobush (Licensure track) and Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich (Non-licensure track)

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) for licensure program
  • For international applicants to the non-licensure program for whom English is not a second language, an acceptable TOEFL score
  • 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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Curriculum for candidates seeking Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

Required courses (33 credits)

TESL 501 - Second Language Teaching and Learning
TESL 504 - Sheltered Content Instruction: Principles and Practices
TESL 505 - Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts
TESL 506 - Assessment of Multilingual Learners
TESL 507 - Research for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
TESL 514 - Study of Language: Projects in Linguistics
TESL 516 - Understanding Second Language Learning
TESL 517 - Strategies and Principles in Language Teaching
TESL 519 - Sociolinguistics and TESOL
TESL 595 - Practicum: Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages *

*If students enter the program with an initial or professional license in another field, they will be permitted to register for an eight-week practicum (3 credits) and will select an elective from below to attain the minimum of 33 credits; if this is their first license, they will register for a 16-week practicum (6 credits).

Electives

Students with another first license who complete TESL 595 as an eight-week practicum for three credits will complete an additional course, selected from the following:

READ 547 - Teaching English Learners to Read and Write
READ 548 - Case Studies in Dual Language Instruction: Theory and Practice
TESL 503 - Directed Study
TESL 508 - Differentiating Second Language Learners in Urban Schools
TESL 509 - Supporting English Language Learners in Urban Schools
TESL 518 - Multilingualism: Learners' Perspectives
TESL 520 - TESOL Professional Portfolio
TESL 560 - Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Exit requirement

The successful completion of a project defense is required. Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of this catalog for additional information.

Total minimum credits: 33

Curriculum for candidates seeking Master of Arts (non-licensure)

Core Courses (24 credits)

TESL 505 - Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts
TESL 506 - Assessment of Multilingual Learners
TESL 507 - Research for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
TESL 514 - Study of Language: Projects in Linguistics
TESL 516 - Understanding Second Language Learning
TESL 517 - Strategies and Principles in Language Teaching
TESL 518 - Multilingualism: Learners’ Perspectives
TESL 519 - Sociolinguistics and TESOL
 
Exit Requirements/electives (9 credits)

Candidates will complete the exit requirement/electives by selecting a thesis (TESL 521) or non-thesis option (TESL 520) as outlined below.

Candidates who choose the thesis option will conduct an independent research study in TESOL by enrolling in TESL 521 - Graduate Thesis in TESOL under the supervision of a thesis advisor (a TESOL faculty member). Candidates may elect one of the following thesis options:

TESL 521 - Graduate Thesis in TESOL for three credits*, plus two three-credit elective courses, selected from the list below.
TESL 521 - Graduate Thesis in TESOL for six credits*, plus one three-credit elective course, selected from the list below.

*A six-credit thesis usually takes two semesters to complete. A thesis advisor has to agree to allow a student to register for a 3-credit thesis. Such permission will be granted if a thesis is based on substantive work done in prior courses.

It is the student’s responsibility to select a thesis advisor and two additional faculty members to serve on the thesis committee. The student will submit a thesis proposal that will have been approved by the thesis advisor to the College of Graduate Studies for final approval. The completed thesis must be approved by the thesis advisor and their thesis committee.

The thesis will be presented at the student’s defense of the thesis. TESOL faculty from the thesis committee will evaluate the oral presentation and the accompanied written work to assess if the student demonstrated proficiency in the skills outlined in the program’s learning outcomes.

Non-thesis option

Students who choose not to write a thesis must successfully complete TESL 520 - TESOL Professional Portfolio and participate in a portfolio defense. TESOL faculty will evaluate the oral presentation and the accompanied written work to assess if the student demonstrated proficiency in the skills outlined in the program’s learning outcomes.

In addition, candidates must complete two three-credit elective courses, selected from the list below.

Electives

Select from the following:

READ 547 - Teaching English Learners to Read and Write
READ 548 - Case Studies in Dual Language Instruction: Theory and Practice
TESL 501 - Second Language Teaching and Learning
TESL 503 - Directed Study
TESL 560 - Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
 
Total Minimum Credits: 33

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate program is designed to provide linguistic and pedagogical instruction to teachers of students whose first language is not English.

This program is ideal for those individuals who plan to teach English abroad, in U.S. colleges, community groups and organizations, or in international schools. The program will provide needed support to instructors working with adult learners of English in area community programs and to instructors already teaching introductory writing courses at area institutions of higher learning, where an increasingly diverse population of students requires educators to have skills in teaching reading and writing to students learning English as an additional language.

The TESOL Graduate Certificate program is also an ideal program for professional development of public school teachers and will provide a solid preparation for the MTEL® (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure) in English as a Second Language.

This graduate certificate program will, therefore, provide much-needed theory, practices, and strategies for preparing teachers to work with linguistically diverse populations in various educational environments.

The program is interdisciplinary with course offerings in the Department of English and the College of Education, and it offers high-quality courses in linguistics and TESOL.

For updated information about this certificate program, including its curriculum and requirements, prospective students should contact Dr. Julia Stakhnevich at jstakhnevich@bridgew.edu or Dr. Ken Dobush at kdobush@bridgew.edu.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application 
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum GPA of 2.8 from an undergraduate degree
  • Essay - A short essay on the value of the graduate certificate for the applicant
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation (at least two academic references)

Required Course (9 credits)

TESL 514 - Study of Language: Projects in Linguistics
TESL 516 - Understanding Second Language Learning
TESL 517 - Strategies and Principles in Language Teaching
 
Electives (3 Credits)
Complete one course, selected from the following:
 
TESL 501 - Second Language Teaching and Learning
TESL 503 - Directed Study
TESL 518 - Multilingualism: Learners’ Perspectives
TESL 560 - Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
 
Total minimum credits: 12
 
Note:

Students who have been admitted and completed the BSU TESOL Graduate Certificate are permitted to transfer four (4) courses or up to 12 credits into the Master of Teaching in TESOL with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator, providing that the courses completed meet the course requirements for the Master of Teaching in TESOL.

***For the most updated information regarding our graduate programs and course descriptions, please visit our University catalog.