Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate
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In Short

Be better prepared to teach the increasing number of multilingual learners in schools today.

  • Top 10 languages spoken by Massachusetts students are: Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Arabic, Khmer, Russian, and French
  • While total student enrollment has dropped since 2000, the number of ELL students has almost doubled to over 90,204 students, or 9.5% of the student population. 90% of school districts have at least one ELL student, 19% of districts have 100 or more ELLs. (2019)*

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Certificate Overview

This 18-credit graduate certificate offers current and future educators an opportunity to be equipped with the knowledge of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). With this knowledge, you can be better prepared for the increasing diversity in our schools. This certificate can stand alone or be combined with the hybrid M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching (non-licensure).

Career Opportunities

  • ESL teacher
  • ESL paraprofessional


Fully online and synchronous courses.

Total Credits

18 credits

Time Frame

Can complete in 1 year (3 semesters).

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*According to LanguageOpportunity.org

Curriculum and Other Information

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words). The statement should describe your goals and reasons for applying to this program and should include information about previous coursework, training or work experience related to the program.
  • Graduate application and fee

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