EdM in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

College, Adult, International (Non-Licensure)

The program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages–International, College and Adult prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages at all levels internationally and at the college and adult levels in the United States and at all levels internationally. Students seeking licensure to teach ESL at the Pre-K–12 level in the United States should see the licensure track section in this website.

Most of the domestic students who enroll in the program are interested in teaching English to adults in college, community, and other programs in the United States and abroad. Students may also use this training to teach English as a foreign language to younger learners in primary and secondary schools abroad. International students returning to their home countries teach English as a foreign language at a variety of levels.

Application to the program is competitive. International students who do not hold a degree from an English-speaking institution must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score in addition to the GRE. Our school code is 3066. For TOEFL score information, please visit our website.

Students in the program are required to take courses in linguistic theory, applied English grammar, language acquisition, methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages, research methodology, and two approved electives, chosen from options such as inter-cultural communication, computer-assisted language learning, language program management, and applied phonology. Candidates are also required to complete a semester of supervised student teaching (for native speakers of English) or guided observation (for non-native speakers of English) in a field setting that matches their particular interests. BU’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages produces innovative teachers well versed in both theoretical and applied teaching principles.

Graduates of the program teach in a wide variety of settings, and particular emphasis is placed on the development and evaluation of curriculum materials. As a result, many of our graduates have published extensively and have developed new materials for a rapidly expanding field in education.

Program Requirements (Total Credits: 36-38)

Required Coursework (24 credits)

  • SED TL 509 Foundations of TESOL Pedagogy (4 cr)
  • SED LS 567 Structure of English (4 cr)
  • SED LS 565 Applied Linguistics: Language and Linguistics Survey (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED TL 835 Advanced Seminar in TESOL Pedagogy (4 cr)

Electives (8 credits)

  • SED LS 610 Applied Phonology (4 cr)
  • SED LS 626 Inter-Cultural Communication (4 cr)
  • SED TL 512 Computer Assisted Language Learning (4 cr)
  • SED TL 635 Language Program Management (4 cr)
  • A 4-credit graduate-level course offered by SED or the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and approved by the faculty advisor

Practicum (4 or 6 credits)

US Students

SED TL 612 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar for Domestic Students (6 cr)

International Students

SED TL 614 Field Experience and Seminar for International Students (4 cr)

The online program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: International, College and Adult prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages at all levels internationally and at the college and adult levels in the United States.

The program is designed for those interested in teaching English as a second language to adults in college, community, and other programs in the United States and abroad. Students may also teach English as a foreign language to younger learners; however, this program does not lead to a Pre-K–12 teaching license.

Students in the program are required to take courses in linguistic theory, applied English grammar, language acquisition, methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages, research methodology, computer-assisted language learning, and cross-cultural communication. Students are also required to complete a field experience in a setting that matches their particular interests.

Students enroll in the program on a part-time basis, taking two seven-week courses each of four semesters, and enroll in a research course during the summer between the two years. The program requirements and schedule follows.

Program Requirements (Total Credits: 36)

Required Coursework (32 credits)

  • SED TL 509 Foundations of TESOL Pedagogy (4 cr)
  • SED LS 567 Structure of English (4 cr)
  • SED LS 565 Applied Linguistics: Language and Linguistics Survey (4 cr)
  • SED LS 626 Cross-Cultural Communication (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED TL 512 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (4 cr)
  • SED TL 835 Advanced Seminar in TESOL Pedagogy (4 cr)

Practicum (4 credits)

  • SED TL 614 Field Experience and Seminar (4 cr)

Schedule of Classes

Fall Semester 1 Fall Semester 2 Spring Semester 1 Spring Semester 2 Summer
Year 1 TL 509 Foundations of TESOL Pedagogy LS 565 Language & Linguistics Survey LS 658 Second Language Acquisition LS 567 Structure of English RS 600 Introduction to Research
Year 2 LS 626 Cross-Cultural Communication TL 512 Computer- Assisted Language Learning TL 835 Advanced Seminar in TESOL Pedagogy TL 614 Field Experience and Seminar