Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, (Licensure) MAT

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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 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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Required courses (33 credits)

ENGL 514 - Linguistics for TESOL
ENGL 516 - Theories of Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 517 - Critical Approaches to TESOL Methods
ENGL 519 - Language and Power
TESL 501 - Second Language Teaching and Learning
TESL 504 - Sheltered Content Instruction: Principles and Practices
TESL 505 - Reading and Writing in the Sheltered Content Classroom
TESL 506 - Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Linguistic and Cultural Differences and Exceptionalities
TESL 507 - Research for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (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).


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:

ENGL 518 - Issues in Second Language Writing
ENGL 521 - Special Topics in TESOL
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 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


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