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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Initial Teacher Licensure in English as a Second Language

USA

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What will I learn?

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Initial Teacher Licensure in English as a Second Language at Worcester State University provides you with the knowledge and practical experience to obtain your initial teacher license in ESL in Massachusetts—and prepares you to teach English Language Learners in today’s diverse schools.

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

You’ll gain valuable insight from professors who are experienced practitioners in the field. What’s more, you’ll take part in a hands-on practicum experience, for which you’ll work with elementary- or secondary-level ESL students in one of the region’s public schools—and you’ll participate in a seminar that addresses best ESL practices.

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. Most continue their studies toward professional teacher licensure, and all credits earned through this program transfer to WSU’s Master of Education program in ESL.

Which department am I in?

Worcester State University

Study options

Full Time (29 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$4,901.00 per year
USD $169 per credit
Application deadline

Expected November 2023

Start date

17 January 2023

Venue

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street,

WORCESTER,

Massachusetts,

01602, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to graduate studies must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at a regionally accredited institution.

For international students

Applicants for admission to graduate studies must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants from countries outside of the United States in which English is not the language of instruction, must also submit a score of 61 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The application deadline for Fall semester (September start): June 15; Spring semester (January start): November 1.

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

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