What will I learn?

This versatile program prepares you to teach in a variety of settings, combining theory and practice in preparing speakers of other languages to progress towards fluency in English.

The Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages is designed to prepare students to teach English language learners in a variety of settings combining theory and practice. This program is taught by faculty members who are leaders in the field.

Those students who wish to pursue a teaching license in Massachusetts can pursue the 36-credit licensure track that includes a supervised student teaching practicum. Coursework meets the licensure standards of the Massachusetts DESE and those of CAEP/TESOL which includes 75 hours of pre-practicum experiences and a 300-hour practicum. A half-practicum is available for those who already have an initial license to teach in Massachusetts.

The Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages licensure program leads to Commonwealth of Massachusetts initial licensure to teach English as a second language in grades PK- 12. After a student’s pre-practicum experiences, he or she may choose to be licensed in grades PK-6 or 5-12. The student will then be placed for his or her practicum or student teaching experience in the grade level of choice.

Program Objectives

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) English to Speakers of Other Languages program is a dynamic interdisciplinary program jointly administered by the English and Education Departments. This program prepares teachers of English as a Second Language to apply to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for licensure if they choose. A non-licensure strand is offered for those who wish to pursue other career options available in ESL including those in colleges, community organizations, adult education, or overseas. The core curriculum emphasizes linguistics and language acquisition and also principles, methods, practice, and research. The MAT ESOL also prepares students to pursue doctoral studies in the field.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (31.5 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,755.80 per year
USD $10,377.90 (These charges are for graduate assumed for 9 credits (per semester), however, they will vary depending on major/number of credits taken); summer tuition and fees: USD $529.35 per credit
Start date

18 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

352 Lafayette Street,



01970, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in related field.

For international students

Students must have

  • MAT initial license track - 3.0 undergraduate or 3.0 in three graduate level courses
  • MAT non license track - 3.0 undergraduate or 3.0 in three graduate level courses
  • License Only - 2.75 of GPA

Submit test scores from an approved English proficiency exam

Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT): 79

Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test: 61


IELTS: 6.5

PTE Academic: 54

Duolingo English Test: 73

Eiken: Pre-1

Deadlines: Applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed once complete

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.