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English as a Second Language (PreK–6)

License-only, 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 an Initial or Professional 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 English language learners (ELLs). And learn how to distinguish learning disabilities from language differences. 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.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

15-24 credits
Our English as a Second Language license-only program prepares you to:
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Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all Initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

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Reading & Literacy
Laura Schall-Leckrone
Laura has been 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, such as telling a story or advancing an argument. She publishes and presents frequently on ESL and TESOL subjects.
Where Our Graduates Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:


Total approximate cost for this license-only program.
English as a Second Language (PreK–6)
  • Tuition
    Online Tuition: $625/credit x 18
    On-Campus Tuition: $925/credit x 6
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Technology Fee
    Registration Fee
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Practicum Fee
    Materials Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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