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Add-On License in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our 20-credit Add-On License in English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed for teachers who have already obtained an Initial License or a Professional License and seek to expand or “add-on” to their current credential. Our Add-On License in ESL prepares you to serve linguistically and culturally diverse students in PreK-6 classrooms.

Your program includes four 4-credit courses and a four-credit 300-hour internship.

This program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is aligned with the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers and Subject Matter Knowledge requirements.

  • Four (4) online courses: You achieve 16 credits through four convenient self-paced online courses – each is eight weeks in length and is worth four credits.
  • Internship: You are required to complete a four-credit 300-hour internship under the supervision of a licensed ESL teacher. We can help you identify appropriate placements and supervisors.
  • Immersion Events: You and other students in your program have the option of gathering together during your program for immersion events (e.g., seminars, guest speakers, and networking events) to connect in person with your peers, faculty and leading educators in the field.
Foundations for ESL Education
(ED 5910)

This foundational course in the graduate teacher education program for English as Second Language provides an overview of the state and federal laws pertaining to the education of English language learners as well as the background, history and philosophies surrounding instruction. The role of community, families and schools in English language learner education will also be explored.

Foundations of Language and Reading
(ED 5720)

The course provides an overview of the emergence of language and literacy in typical development as well as issues that may arise with the existence of language-based disabilities.  Challenges for English Language Learners will also be addressed. Significant theories related to language development in childhood will be reviewed, as well as the topic of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Assessment of English Language Learners
(ED 553)

This course will examine a variety of assessment approaches. It will include those associated with Massachusetts-mandated state testing programs, as well as other formal and informal assessment instruments used for placement, progress monitoring, and summative evaluations. Students will select, administer and interpret assessment results and will understand normal variations in proficiency.

Teaching Content to English Language Learners
(ED 556)

In this course, students will learn and apply teaching strategies that support ELL’s linguistic and academic development in science, mathematics, and social studies. They will also learn how to plan and execute content-based lessons in kindergarten-grade six classrooms. The course will address the development of ELLs’ academic vocabulary and language skills, application of academic content knowledge, and higher order thinking skills. Lesson planning, implementation, and assessment occur within the sheltered content instructional model, providing extensive scaffolding strategies for comprehension and proficiency. Field experience may be required.

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