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Choose the program option best for you

The MAT program leads to a master's degree. Choose from one of two tracks: 

  • The licensure track prepares students for initial licensure in the field of ESL in grades K-12 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This track includes a supervised student teaching practicum in a public K-12 school.
  • The non-licensure track is for those who want to pursue a career teaching ESL in a college, adult, or community program or at a language school in the U.S. or overseas. This track is also appropriate for those who may already have a license to teach ESL but do not yet have a master's degree.

Eligible students can apply for financial aid using the FAFSA form.

The Graduate Certificate is a 15 credit program that provides a strong introduction to ESL teaching. Students take four courses that combine theory and practice and have a 50 hour field experience directed study which will provide valuable hands-on experience.

Students who decide to pursue the MAT program during or upon completion of the Graduate Certificate program must meet all MAT admissions requirements and submit a separate application. Courses successfully completed as part of the Graduate Certificate can be applied to the MAT.

The Graduate Certificate program does not lead to an academic degree. While this program is not eligible for financial aid, the MAT program is.

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Graduate Application Process


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate application process

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