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 best 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 ways to help emergent bilinguals—English language learners—take part in the classroom through listening and speaking, reading and writing, and the arts. Take courses on first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and biliteracy, and more.

Become a valued member of a diverse school community at Lesley. Learn to teach engaging arts-integrated lessons that lead to increased student achievement and understand how to tell the difference between language differences and learning disabilities. You'll also learn to work with families to foster a climate of social justice and equity.

Take classes on our Cambridge campus and online, 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.

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:
Licensure Information

Lesley University cannot confirm whether the course or program of study will meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state other than Massachusetts. We advise all applicants and students to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure or certification in the state in which they reside or plan to practice.

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Meg Margaret Burns
English Language Learning
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.
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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 2019-2020 academic year.
TESOL, ESL, and Bilingual Education
  • Tuition
    Online Tuition: $650/credit x 18
    On-Campus: $840/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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