Education

English as a Second Language (5-12)

License-only program for Initial teacher license (5-12): on-campus program

Make a difference in the lives of English language learners.

Today’s student bodies are linguistically diverse, with English language learners in three out of every four classrooms. With a license in ESL, you'll prepare to teach effectively in multilingual classrooms. You’ll increase your marketability. And you’ll gain an edge as a culturally competent teacher who can put learning and language into context.

In this program, appropriate for teachers with their Initial or Professional teaching license, you’ll explore culturally-responsive teaching and your own cultural identity. You’ll take courses in linguistics and language acquisition. Study literacy and literature as well as content areas in the context of teaching ELLs. How to distinguish learning disabilities from language differences. Apply what you've learned in classroom settings through student teaching opportunities. You’ll also take activity-based courses that meet national TESOL standards.

Throughout every step of your experience, you’ll receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. At the end of your program, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in the 21st century classroom. In fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

24 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our English as a Second Language license-only program prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country according to US News.
faculty laura schall-leckrone
Reading & Literacy
Laura Schall-Leckrone
Laura was a bilingual teacher, a Spanish teacher, and K–12 curriculum director in urban and suburban settings before becoming a professor. Her current work focuses on preparing teachers to teach linguistically diverse youth, and she is engaged in research with high school history teachers aimed at teaching bilingual learners skills of civic engagement. She publishes and presents frequently on ESL and TESOL subjects.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
English as a Second Language (5-12)
  • Tuition
    Online Tuition: $650/credit x 18
    $11,700
    On-Campus Tuition: $975/credit x 6
    $5,850
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Technology Fees
    $180
    Registration Fees
    $160
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Practicum Fee
    $35
    Materials Fee
    $10
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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