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 English as a Second Language, you'll prepare to teach effectively in multilingual middle and high school classrooms. You’ll also increase your marketability, gaining an edge as a culturally competent teacher who can put learning and language into context.
In this program, you’ll explore culturally-responsive teaching and your own cultural identity. You’ll take courses in linguistics and language acquisition, as well as activity-based courses that meet national TESOL standards. Study literacy and literature as well as content areas in the context of teaching ELLs. How to distinguish learning disabilities from language differences. And through self-reflection and examination of multiple perspectives, you'll emerge as an effective and compassionate educator.
Apply what you've learned by immersing yourself in a student teaching opportunity. Throughout every step of your experience, you’ll receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners, members of professional literacy organizations, and are engaged in important work at the intersection of policy and practice.
At the end of your program, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in the 21st century classroom. Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)