M.Ed. Concentration in The Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL)

College of Education - Department of World Languages

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in The Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) is designed for teachers interested in fostering academic success for learners whose language is not English. It takes into consideration the needs of the new immersion classroom and provides instructors with the theoretical and practical knowledge to promote effective teaching of English language skills and sheltered content areas. The degree, along with practicum and other requirements leads to an Initial License in English as a Second Language (Grades PreK-6 or Grades 5-12). (See Initial Teacher License Requirements below.)

Program Requirements

The program requires successful completion of the following ten (10) courses. A written comprehensive examination is required as the student’s culminating experience. The exam is taken during the student’s final semester of study or shortly thereafter.

Education Core Courses (3)

  • EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
  • EDUC 998 Language Development and Communication
  • EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation (recommended after completion of three Concentration courses)

Concentration Courses (7)

  • TESL 901 Language Structure: Phonetics and Morphology
  • TESL 902 Language Structure: Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics
  • TESL 913 Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • TESL 920 Technology in the Second Language Classroom
  • TESL 936 The Teaching of Second Language Skills
  • TESL 948 Teaching Reading and Writing in the English Immersion Classroom
  • TESL 966 Seminar in Applied Linguistics


Initial Teacher License Requirements

In addition to the above ten (10) courses, students seeking an Initial Teacher Licensure in English as a Second Language need the following:

  1. A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
  2. A passing score on the ESL Subject Matter Test of the MTEL.
  3. TESL 980 Practicum in the Teaching of English as a Second Language and Seminar: Grades PreK-6 OR TESL 981 Practicum in the Teaching of English as a Second Language and Seminar: Grades 5-12

The 300-hour practicum requires written permission of the Program Advisor and Dean at least three months prior to registering for the practicum. Students must locate their own practicum site, which must be approved by the University.

*Teachers who seek to add the ESL license at the grade level for which they already hold a teacher license are required to complete a 150-hour practicum.


Admission Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Complete the online graduate admission application
  • Submit the $50.00 application fee
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate quality point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University’s Graduate Admissions office by the recommender. One letter must be from an employer or supervisor, and the other must be from a faculty member who has taught the candidate at collegiate level if the candidate attended classes in the last five years;
  • Submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans.


Effective as of the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog