Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Boston University’s Master of Education (EdM) program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) produces innovative teachers who are well versed in theoretical and applied teaching principles. Our program offers two pathways: Licensure and Adult/College/International (Non-Licensure). Both pathways include a curriculum that integrates linguistic theory; current research and practice in language learning and development; assessment and instruction of oral language, reading, and writing; and field-based practicum work with English language learners.

For more information about our Licensure and Non-Licensure Pathways, please refer to the information below.

Master of Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Licensure Pathway

Candidates who choose to pursue our Licensure Pathway can choose from one of two tracks: PreK-6 or 5-12. Upon completion of this program and state testing requirements, successful candidates receive a teaching license for English as a Second Language (ESL) PreK–6 or 5–12.

Throughout the Program of Study, significant emphasis is placed on the relationship between language and culture as it pertains to the linguistic, academic, and socioemotional development of bilingual children. Our coursework focuses on first- and second-language acquisition and linguistics, literacy instruction and assessment, culturally relevant pedagogy, curriculum development, and policy issues that influence assessment and instruction of bilingual learners.

Candidates complete their coursework alongside a pre-practicum in the fall semester and a full time practicum in the spring semester; the practicum experience includes supervised student teaching and will take place in a Boston-area public school.

Faculty Contact Information, Licensure Program: Dr. Yasuko Kanno,, 617-358-2966
Graduate Admissions Contact, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin for the EdM TESOL Licensure Pathway.

Master of Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: College/Adult/International Pathway (Non-Licensure)

Those who choose to complete the TESOL program without licensure are prepared to work, research, and teach 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.

Our Program may be completed in three academic semesters by full-time students; duration for part-time study varies. You may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester; international students may begin in the fall or spring semester only.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about TESOL. You may also be interested in the School of Education’s 16-Credit Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Faculty Contact Information:

Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin for the EdM TESOL College/Adult/International (Non-Licensure) Pathway.

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