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 those interested in fostering academic success for learners whose primary language is not English. It takes into consideration the needs of the immersion classroom and provides instructors with the theoretical and practical knowledge to promote effective teaching of English language skills and sheltered content areas. The program requires successful completion of the ten courses listed below. In order to graduate, a comprehensive examination is required, and is taken during the student’s final semester of study. (See Comprehensive Exam below.) The degree, along with a 300-hour Practicum and other requirements can lead to an Initial License in English as a Second Language for those seeking licensure in ESL; Grades PreK-6 or Grades 5-12. (See Initial Teacher License Requirements below.)

Framingham State University also offers a Graduate Certificate in TESL, intended for mainstream teachers whose classrooms include English Language Learners. The four-course Certificate program provides teachers with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to identify the ELL’s needs and promote language learning and academic success for these students. (See Graduate Certificate in TESL)


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

Course Schedule

Fall semester: TESL 902, TESL 920, TESL 936
Spring Semester: TESL 901, TESL 948, TESL 966
Summer: TESL 913
Fall, Spring, and Summer: EDUC 991, EDUC 998, EDUC 999
Concentration courses may be taken in any order. Each Concentration course is offered once per year. Education Core Courses are offered fall, spring, and summer. When scheduling, students should bear this in mind and opt for Concentration courses first.


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 letters of recommendation with cover forms (submitted through your online application).  Please note: one letter of recommendation should come from a current or recent employer. Send 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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students can begin the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of policies and regulations

Initial Teacher License Requirements

Three avenues towards licensure are described below depending on the student’s individual need.
(Practicum versus Internship)

Avenue #1: 300-Hour Practicum

For the candidate who does NOT hold any teaching license in Massachusetts:

The Master of Education with a concentration in The Teaching of English as a Second Language (M.Ed. in TESL) is a state-approved program leading to Initial Licensure in ESL. Students seeking their first Initial Teacher Licensure in English as a Second Language need the following:

Completion of

  • 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

In order to qualify and register for the 300-hour Practicum which leads to licensure, students must have:

  1. Successfully completed the ten (10) M.Ed. TESL courses listed above.

  2. Passed the TESL Comprehensive Exam. (see Comprehensive Exam).

  3. Earned a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL 001) (official score report forwarded to the Graduate Office with Practicum Application). The application cannot be processed without this score.

  4. Earned a passing score on the ESL Subject Matter Test, (MTEL 054 ESL), (official score report forwarded to the Graduate Office with Practicum Application). The application cannot be processed without this score.

  5. Identified a Practicum location in agreement with a school district Supervising Practitioner (the teacher or supervisor in the school district who oversees the student). Students locate their own Practicum sites. (The TESL Program Coordinator and TESL Program Advisor can offer suggestions for districts to contact.) The University must approve the Practicum location.

  6. Received permission of the University Practicum Supervisor regarding travel distance.

  7. Submitted a Practicum Application Please contact to the Graduate Office to obtain the application. Deadlines are firm: October 1st for a Spring Practicum and May 30th for a Fall Practicum.

Once the application has been submitted and approved, students will be notified and then will be permitted to register for TESL 980 or TESL 981.

Avenue #2: 150-Hour Practicum

For the candidate who already holds an Initial or Professional teacher license, permission may be granted to complete a 150-Hour Practicum. The Practicum is overseen by Framingham State University and requires registration in either TESL 980 or TESL 981. See Program Coordinator or Advisor for full details.

Avenue #3: 150-Hour Internship

For the candidate who holds a valid teaching license in Massachusetts and is seeking to add the ESL PreK-6 or ESL 5-12 license, at the same level in which they currently hold licensure. Instead of a 300-hour Practicum, the student may be eligible for a 150-hour Internship.

An internship is an agreement between the student and the district in which the student is working. Framingham State University is not involved in the internship process and does not endorse the student for licensure. Passing scores on the Communications & Literacy, and ESL Subject Matter MTELs are still required. The school district will need to complete the Internship Verification Template.

Effective as of the 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog