English Language Learners Program

Photo of a panel of educators meeting with our ELL students to examine the importance of cultural awareness in K-12 schools.

A panel of educators meeting with our ELL students to examine the importance of cultural awareness in K-12 schools.

A signature course of study offered through our Master of Arts in Teaching, Initial Licensure program.

Myth-busting on the need to know a second language

“One of the biggest revelations for many of our candidates when they start their work towards becoming an ELL teacher is that they didn’t need to know a second language!” — Ruth Hornsby, assistant director, Teacher Licensure Programs


Make an impact

Watch the video to hear MAT Teacher Candidate, Stephani Lopez Rodriguez and her Supervising Practitioner, Alicia Lopez talk about the impact they make as ELL teachers.

What you learn

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is an accelerated gender-inclusive program that leads to licensure in teaching English language learners (ESL; PreK-6 or 5-12) and a master’s degree. It includes:

  • a rigorous but supportive program, based on the most current research and taught by experienced scholars and practitioners
  • an explicit commitment to equity and social justice
  • personalized advising
  • year-long practicum experience in area schools, which offer opportunities to work closely with experienced local ELL educators and to explore teaching diverse learners in a range of settings

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or additional licenses, or as a stand alone class.

Some examples:

  • Language Assessment and Classroom Practice
  • Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice
  • Linguistics for Teachers
  • Research in Teaching English Language Learners

View all ELL courses and descriptions


Where and how you learn

The 39-credit M.A.T. in ELL can be completed full-time in one year or part-time over the course of two years. This program is designed for current teachers and those interested in pursuing a new career path, as most classes meet after K-12 school hours.

While the majority of our Initial Licensure courses are offered on campus with a student teaching practicum in area schools, some of our English language learner courses are offered in an interactive online format.

Admission, Tuition and Financial Aid

We do rolling admissions throughout the year.  Apply Now.

Questions on How to Apply?

Find out about Tuition, Fees, and Billing.

Consider applying for one of our competitive scholarships and fellowships.

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For more information contact us at 413-538-3478 or graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu.

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).