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)

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 of Bilingual Learners
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).

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:

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

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

Core Courses
ENGL 514 - Linguistics for TESOL
ENGL 516 - Theories for Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 517 - Critical Approaches to TESOL Methods
ENGL 519 - Language and Power
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
TESL 507 - Research for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Electives (9 credits):

ENGL 502 - MA Thesis*
ENGL 518 - Issues in Second Language Writing
ENGL 521 - Special Topics in TESOL
ENGL 599 - Internship
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

Choose one of the following options:

1. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

2. Completion of a Thesis - ENGL 502 (6 Credits, as parts of the elective requirement above). Students wishing to pursue further graduate work in TESOL may want to select the thesis option.

Total minimum credits: 33

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

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 MTELĀ® (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)

Curriculum
Core courses (12 credits)

ENGL 514 - Linguistics for TESOL
ENGL 516 - Theories of Second Language Acquisition
TESL 501 - Second Language Teaching and Learning
TESL 506 - Assessment of Multilingual Learners

Electives (3 credits)

Complete one course, selected from the following:
ENGL 517 - Critical Approaches to TESOL Methods
ENGL 518 - Issues in Second Language Writing
ENGL 521 - Special Topics in TESOL
TESL 503 - Directed Study
TESL 560 - Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Total minimum credits: 15

Note:

Students who have been admitted and completed the BSU TESOL Graduate Certificate are permitted to transfer six (6) courses or up to 18 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.

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