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TESOL, ESL, and Bilingual Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure (PreK–6 or 5-12), On-Campus Program

Teach culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

In this program, you'll learn the most effective ways to teach PreK-12 students who are new to the culture, language, and content of schools in the United States. You'll develop an appreciation of the unique identities of all children. You'll also discover research-based best practices for helping emergent bilinguals—English language learners—take part in a literacy-rich classroom through listening and speaking, reading and writing, and the arts. 

You'll learn to teach effectively through coursework on culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and biliteracy, and scaffolding content and language demands of academic tasks and texts. And by engaging in self-reflection and cultivating self-knowledge, you'll become a more compassionate educator.

With faculty, you'll explore and co-create arts-integrated lessons that lead to increased student achievement, and understand the important differences between language differences and learning disabilities. Work effectively in culturally and linguistically diverse environments in collaboration with multilingual families and school communities to enact a commitment to social justice. You'll put theory to practice in an immersive student teaching experience in a bilingual or multilingual classroom.

Become a valued member of a diverse school community at Lesley, and get feedback from faculty with expertise in the field. Complete a student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate with a master's degree and an initial license in English as a Second Language at either the PreK-6 or 5-12 grade level.

Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than any other place 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)

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

33 Credits
Gain skills and expertise
Our TESOL, ESL, and Bilingual program prepares you to:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), according to the National Education Association.
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)
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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.
Meg Margaret Burns
Meg Burns
Meg teaches in the English Language Learning/TESOL programs. She specializes in the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of bilingual education, with a focus on Spanish-English paired literacy instruction in elementary Dual Language schools. She currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education and is a member of the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She is also the president of the Multistate Association for Bilingual Education.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, daycare centers, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
TESOL, ESL, and Bilingual Education
  • Tuition
    Online Tuition: $650/credit x 18
    On-Campus: $850/credit x 15
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fees
    Technology Fees
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Degree Completion Fee
    Activity Fees
    Material Fees
    Practicum Fee
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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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