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 fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.
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 apply what you've learned in classroom settings through your student teaching experience. 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.