Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) English Language Learners
Graduate & Professional
The Master of Arts in Teaching-English language learners program at Mount Holyoke College is a 42-credit program of study leading to licensure in English Language Learners (PreK-6 or 5-12). There is also a non-licensure option that is 36 credits.
hybrid | 36 or 42 credits | 1-2 years
This program equips you to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students - including emergent bilinguals (English language learners) both within the US and abroad.
What we offer
The English language learners programs include courses on second language acquisition theory, English language teaching methods and how to apply this knowledge to content learning. Students will learn about the structure, meaning and context of language, and how to develop effective instructional plans and assessment. We also examine relevant social and cultural factors that impact culturally and linguistically diverse teaching and learning.
At the end of the program, students will be able to apply knowledge, analyze and evaluate:
- linguistic and sociolinguistic concepts, processes and stages of language acquisition
- theory, research, and best practices for language instruction and development
- assessing reading, writing, aural and oral language skills
- socio-emotional and sociocultural factors that influence the teaching and learning of English language learners
- learners' social and academic language proficiency, as well as content-area learning
Masters degree with initial licensure
Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) English Language Learners program with initial licensure (42 credits) can be completed online or on campus. The program features a year-long student teaching practicum.
The teaching licenses obtained through this program are recognized in a number of other states, U.S. territories and Canadian provinces through the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
To become eligible for licensure in the state of Massachusetts while at Mount Holyoke, students must successfully complete the requirements of a teacher licensure program, pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) [fees apply], and submit licensure application materials and fees to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Masters degree without licensure
The 36-credit non-licensure ELL program can be completed in a hybrid or on-campus format. The program culminates in students working with a mentor on a capstone project, paper, or internship.
This English Language Learners coursework provides students with the core competencies they need to be able to apply independently to Massachusetts for a license in English Language Learners (PreK-6 or 5-12).
Mount Holyoke College advisors will guide you through the process of applying for your additional license in English Language Learners.
View all ELL courses and descriptions
Mount Holyoke College has consistently prepared outstanding educators who have transformed communities around the world. Mount Holyoke College is a member of the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE).