Licensure Only – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Application Process

Application Materials

  • Online graduate admissions application
  • For a limited time, submit your application by October 31 and the $50 application fee is waived automatically.
  • Complete, official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor's degree and 2.75 GPA in undergraduate work.
  • Complete, official transcript documenting any graduate courses taken or degrees held.
  • Three references. Your references will be asked to submit their comments online via the online aplication.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please review our TOEFL/IELTS policy.
  • Statement of purpose:
    • Part I Statement of purpose (500- to 1,000 words, double-spaced) addressing the following questions:
      • What factors in your personal and professional history have influenced you in the past and now lead you to seek admission to this program at Salem State? What are your long-term professional goals, and how will this program help you to meet them? Is there any other information that you think would help the admissions committee to evaluate your application? 
    • Part II Statement of proposed contributions to the field of teaching ESL (500- to 1,000 words, double spaced). Please adhere to MLA or APA style guides in presenting your statement.
      • What aspect of teaching ESL interests you most and why? In what context do you plan to teach ESL and what contributions to your learners do you hop to make and how? What is one area in the field that is of particular interest to you that illustrates the importance of the field of teaching ESL?
  • Please note the GRE/MAT is not required for this program.  

Additional Materials and Requirements

  • Passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communications and Literacy, both the reading and writing subtests.
  • If you have a teaching license, submit a copy. 

Application Deadlines

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed once complete.

For applicants to ESL Licensure-Only programs

Project SAEL: Grant-funded ESL Licensure program offered to educators


  • Do you teach in Salem, Lynn or Revere?
  • Do you already have an initial or professional teaching license?
  • Are you working with ELLs in a content area, a specialty area, or as a grade level teacher?
  • Would you like more knowledge and skills to teach ELLs?

If you answered YES to the questions above, consider Project SAEL. 

  • Earn an additional license in ESL by taking six courses and a half-practicum
  • Courses offered at Salem State in late afternoons and evenings in the fall and spring, and in two summer sessions
  • Study with other educators from Revere, Lynn and Salem

Learn more about the Project SAEL grant and how to apply at: 

Contact us at: or 978.542.2607