Master of Education Concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language

Note: Offered only through the international programs of the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center.This program is only offered to teachers living and working abroad. It does not have any attachments such as licensure.

Program Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Marguerite Mahler

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in The Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) is designed for teachers who are currently teaching overseas and who have a strong interest in second language related issues. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge to be a competent and effective teacher of English as a Second/ Foreign Language. Courses are provided in an intensive format and require prior readings, pre-course, and post-course assignments. The program of study culminates in a final portfolio.

Program Requirements

This program requires a minimum of ten (10) courses is required for graduation. As a culminating experience, each matriculated student is required to complete a portfolio at the end of the student’s final course. Portfolios are to be submitted to the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center at Framingham State University.

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 Content or 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

Portfolio Requirement for a Master’s Degree in the International Education Programs

As a culminating experience, each matriculated student, in the International Education Program (IEP) and Framingham State University is required to complete a portfolio to be submitted at the end of the final course and sent to the IEP office at Framingham State University. 

The portfolio includes an introductory page plus ten typed pages one for each course and an overall summary composed of the following parts:

  1. An introductory page of one or two paragraphs that gives a brief biographical sketch about you as a student and professional educator.
  2. For each course, a summary of an assignment, project or course experience that was especially meaningful to you.  A self-reflective statement that discusses how each course contributes to your ability to become a more effective educator and lifelong learner.  This part should also discuss how you plan to apply what you learned from this course.
  3. At the conclusion of all course work, the student should prepare a summary statement that describes how the overall program has contributed to you professionally as an educator and a lifelong learner.

The portfolio is reviewed by a faculty committee of The International Education Program to determine if it has met the requirements stated above and will receive a Pass/Fail grade. It will be filed in the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center at Framingham State University.  Students should submit the portfolio within thirty days after their final course.  The degree will not be granted until the portfolio has been graded and approved.


Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants with a foreign degree must submit official transcripts to an accredited evaluation agency. Names of accredited agencies are available upon request.
  2. The applicant must have a minimum undergraduate minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale.


Effective as of the 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog