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This versatile program prepares you to teach in a variety of settings, combining theory and practice in preparing speakers of other languages to progress towards fluency in English.

MAT ESOL Testimonial

MAT ESOL student Omar Longus

Omar Longus

Salem State's graduate MAT ESOL program has helped me to become a active and involved
member in the field and in my community.



The master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages is designed to prepare students to teach English language learners in a variety of settings combining theory and practice. This program is taught by faculty members who are leaders in the field. We are nationally recognized by both CAEP and TESOL as meeting their high standards for teacher preparation programs. 



Those students who wish to pursue a teaching license in Massachusetts can pursue the 36-credit licensure track that includes a supervised student teaching practicum. Coursework meets the licensure standards of the Massachusetts DESE and those of CAEP/TESOL which includes 75 hours of pre-practicum experiences and a 300-hour practicum. A half-practicum is available for those who already have an initial license to teach in Massachusetts.

The master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages licensure program leads to Commonwealth of Massachusetts initial licensure to teach English as a second language in grades PK- 12. After a student’s pre-practicum experiences, he or she may choose to be licensed in grades PK-6 or 5-12. The student will then be placed for his or her practicum or student teaching experience in the grade level of choice.

Visit the licensure page for more information on licensure options.

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