Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 36-38 Credits


  • Hybrid Options Available
  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Applied Linguistics Master of Education (EdM) program at Boston University prepares students to teach English and other languages to adults, adolescents, and children in both public and private settings. After finishing the program, you’ll have the necessary training to teach in international K–12 schools, foreign language schools, and postsecondary institutions. You’ll also get a solid grounding in applied linguistics research for future graduate study. 

As a student in the TESOL & Applied Linguistics program, you’ll learn how to develop lesson and unit plans that provide inclusive and affirming classroom experiences for all language learners. And you 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.

Hear from EdM in TESOL & Applied Linguistics Faculty

The master’s in TESOL & Applied Linguistics will give you the skills you need to be an effective TESOL instructor able to connect knowledge of content, teaching practices, student learning, and curriculum. You will receive personalized support and mentorship throughout the program and beyond.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

Faculty in the TESOL & Applied Linguistics program are dedicated to teaching applied linguistics and TESOL methods that capitalize on students’ strengths, use research-based practices for language instruction, and promote an enthusiasm for language and how it is acquired.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of Boston University’s master’s in TESOL & Applied Linguistics gain the skills to be successful in a variety of professional roles.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher 
  • Teacher of languages other than English 
  • Test preparation instructor (TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
  • Curriculum developer/designer
  • Instructional designer
  • Program director/coordinator
  • Assessment/evaluation specialist

More Information about the EdM in TESOL & Applied Linguistics

Field-Based Experiences

Students in the master’s program in TESOL & Applied Linguistics complete a semester of supervised practicum in a field setting that matches their interests.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the EdM in TESOL & Applied Linguistics. Get information about application deadlines and requirements, and sign up for an upcoming information session.

Financing Your Education

There are several flexible options for financing your Boston University graduate education. Learn more about financial assistance, including scholarships and fellowships.

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