• Master of Education
    in English as a Second Language

    The Master of Education in English as a Second Language program at Worcester State University helps you become a highly trained educator who is ready to meet the challenges of teaching English Language Learners in today’s diverse schools. Our program is designed for individuals with an initial teacher license in ESL and leads to a professional teacher license in ESL. If you completed WSU’s post-baccalaureate program in ESL, all of those credits transfer to our master’s program.

    With classes available in the late afternoons and evenings as well as online, our convenient program is designed for working professionals like you. You can earn your degree on your schedule with the option to complete the program either part- or full-time.

    You’ll gain valuable insight from professors who are experienced practitioners in the field. What’s more, you’ll apply the theories you learn in class to real-world settings, where you’ll observe and implement effective teaching strategies in classrooms across Central Massachusetts. Your studies culminate in an individual research project, for which you’ll address a question related to ESL pedagogy.

    As you progress through our program, you’ll record your achievements in a portfolio of work that not only demonstrates your mastery of all program competencies, but also showcases your professional development. Graduates of our program are sought after by employers, and they go on to pursue rewarding teaching careers in schools across the state.

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements, candidates for this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, and a current teaching license in ESL at the initial or professional level. Candidates who have attained initial licensure in ESL from another program or by another route would be required to take at least two other courses (e.g., SIFE or Global Perspectives, or a graduate course approved by the Graduate Coordinator e.g., History of the English Language or a reading course).

    The following is to be submitted to the Graduate School:

    • Completed graduate application, including fee and essay
    • Official transcripts (Transcripts from outside the United States must be officially translated and evaluated.)
    • Two current letters of recommendation
    • Results of a language proficiency assessment, if applicable
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) scores (waived with evidence of an existing advanced degree or passing of appropriate MTELs)
    • Copy of initial or professional license in English as a Second Language

    In addition, candidates are also required to demonstrate evidence of:

    • A course in human, child, or adolescent development at the undergraduate level.
    • Documentation of fluency at an intermediate level in a language other than English- from a college or university or foreign secondary school; through the successful completion of foreign language courses deemed appropriate by the foreign language program in the Languages and Literature Department; or through the proficiency level determined by the University’s language proficiency assessment.
    Program of Study

    Required Courses (10 credits) 

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 982 Research Methods (3 credits)
    • ES 934 ESL Seminar: Research in Language and Education. ELLs (3 credits)
    • ES 935 ESL Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)

    ESL Concentration (27 credits)
    To be chosen in consultation with the program coordinator.

    • CD 905 Sound System of English (3 credits)
    • CD 906 Structure of English (3 credits)
    • CD 910 Normal Development of Speech and Language (3 credits)
    • ED 978 Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Bilingual and ELLs (3 credits)
    • ES 928 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
    • ES 914 Methods and Materials of Teaching English Language Skills to the ELL (3 credits)
    • ED 986 Literacy Instruction for the English Language Learner (3 credits)
    • ED 955 Assessing English Language Learners (3 credits)
    • ES 930 Sheltered Instruction & Assessment in Immersion Classroom (3 credits)


    • ES 929 Assessing and Teaching ELLs with Disabilities (3 credits)
    • ES 931 Leading an Effective English Learner Program (3 credits)
    • ES 932 Teaching Adult ESL and SIFE (3 credits)
    • ES 933 Global Perspectives in Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

    Total Minimum Program Credits: 37