Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

Teaching English as a Second Language (Licensure)

Boston University’s Teaching English as a Second Language graduate program produces innovative teachers who are well versed in theoretical and applied teaching principles. Students in the licensure track program prepare to become teachers of English as a second language at the Pre-K–6 or 5–12 level.

Coursework includes the study of current research and practice in second language acquisition and assessment and instruction of oral language, reading, and writing. The program of study also includes coursework in linguistics, sheltered teaching methodologies, and policy issues that influence assessment and instruction of second language learners in U.S. public schools. In addition to coursework, you will complete a pre-practicum in the fall semester in a public school classroom and a full time practicum (student teaching) in the spring semester.

You may select the licensure track for grades Pre-K–6 or for grades 5–12.

Teaching English as a Second Language Licensure Track, Pre-K–6: Upon completion of the program and state testing requirements, you will receive initial licensing as a Teacher of English as a Second Language for students in grades Pre-K–6.

Teaching English as a Second Language Licensure Track, 5–12: Upon completion of the program and state testing requirements, you will receive initial licensing as a Teacher of English as a Second Language for students in grades 5–12.

Candidates who already possess an initial teaching licensure in another field and who would like to earn the master’s degree and the ESL license are also encouraged to apply and meet with the Program Coordinator to plan a program of study. Candidates who possess a preliminary license and would like to earn initial licensure with or without the master’s degree are also encouraged to apply and meet with the Program Coordinator to plan a program of study.

Program Fast Facts

Teaching English as a Second Language, TESOL (Non-Licensure)

Boston University’s TESOL graduate program produces innovative teachers who are well versed in theoretical and applied teaching principles. Our program prepares you to work in college and adult language programs in the United States or to work for college, adult, primary, or secondary school programs abroad.

Graduates of our program teach in a variety of settings, and particular emphasis is placed on the development and evaluation of materials appropriate to the students at all levels of proficiency. As a result, many of our students and graduates have published extensively, developing new approaches and materials for a rapidly expanding field in education. Several of our TESOL graduates have also published their syllabus projects as textbooks.

In the TESOL program at Boston University, the course of study includes linguistic theory, applied English grammar, language acquisition, methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages, computer-assisted language learning, and cross-cultural communication. In addition to coursework, you also complete a semester of supervised teaching in a field setting that matches your particular interests.

Program Fast Facts

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.