EdM in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

College, Adult, International

On Campus

Changes to this program will take effect in the 2023–2024 academic year.

The program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages–International, College and Adult prepares students to teach English and other languages to adults, adolescents, and children in both public and private settings. Students can teach in international K–12 schools, foreign language schools, and post-secondary institutions. Students seeking licensure to teach ESL at the preK–12 level in the United States should see the licensure track section.

Most of the domestic students who enroll in the program are interested in teaching English in college, community, and other programs in the United States and abroad. Students may also use this training to teach English and other languages 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. International students who decide to remain in the United States use this training to teach their native languages to adults, adolescents, and children in both public and private settings. Our TESOL program also places particular emphasis on the development of research skills. As a result, many of our graduates have published extensively and pursued a PhD in the field of Second Language Studies and Language Education.

Students in the program are required to take courses in second language acquisition, TESOL pedagogy, assessment for language teaching, linguistic theory, applied English grammar, research methodology, and two approved electives, chosen from options such as intercultural communication, critical applied linguistics, and applied phonology. Candidates are also required to complete a semester of supervised practicum (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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to connect knowledge of content, teaching practices, student learning, and curriculum.
  • Students will be able to develop lesson and unit plans that provide inclusive and affirming classroom experiences for all language learners.
  • Students will be able to interpret research in TESOL & Applied Linguistics and apply it to the design of teaching materials, including addressing issues of access, equity, and diversity when teaching all students second languages.

Program Requirements (Total Credits: 36–38)

Required Coursework (24 credits)

  • SED LS 565 Applied Linguistics: Language and Linguistics Survey (4 cr)
  • SED LS 567 Structure of English (4 cr)
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED TL 509 Foundations of TESOL Pedagogy (4 cr)
  • SED TL 622 Assessment for Language Teaching and Research (4 cr)

Electives (8 credits)

  • SED LS 610 Applied Phonology (4 cr)
  • SED LS 626 Intercultural Communication (4 cr)
  • SED TL 512 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (4 cr)
  • SED LS 640 Critical Applied Linguistics (4 cr)
  • SED WL 514 Inclusive Principles & Practices in World Language Education (4 cr)
  • A 4-credit graduate-level course offered by Wheelock 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)