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The Graduate Certificate in The Teaching of English as a Second Language is intended for mainstream teachers whose classrooms include English language learners whose limited language level hinders academic performance. The goal of the program is to provide teachers with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to identify English language learners’ needs and promote learning and academic success for these students.

Admission Requirements
The applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate quality point average of 2.8.

Curriculum Requirements
A total of four (4) courses are required:

One (1) course from the following:
TESL 901    Language Structure: Phonetics and Morphology
TESL 902    Language Structure: Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

One (1) course from the following:
TESL 932    Sheltered Instruction in the Content Areas
TESL 948    Teaching Reading and Writing in the English Immersion Classroom

The following two (2) courses:
TESL 913    Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
TESL 966    Seminar in Applied Linguistics

For further information about the Graduate Certificate in The Teaching of English as a Second Language, please contact Dr. Marguerite Mahler, Modern Languages Department, at

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220