English Language Learners (PreK-6 or 5-12)

English language learners (ELL) are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. student population and qualified teachers are in high demand. Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is an accelerated coed 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 experiences 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

The M.A.T. is a 36-credit program that full-time students complete in 13 months, from June through June. It is designed for current teachers and those interested in pursuing a new career path, as most classes meet after K-12 school hours.

A two-year “flexible-time” program option is also available.

 

Summer Session: 5 credits

2 courses

The first courses of the program will introduce you to the sociocultural context of schooling, current research in the field of ELL teaching and learning, and theories of second language acquisition.

 

Fall Semester: 14 credits

4 courses

This semester you will study linguistics, literacy development, and a range of evidence-based methods for teaching English, including how to support literacy development in the content areas. You will also observe and assist in local schools 10-12 hours per week.

 

January: 3 credits

2 courses

During the winter term, you will learn about English language development standards and issues of assessment, testing, and evaluation in language and literacy education.

 

Spring Semester: 14 credits

2 courses

January through mid-June you will participate in full-time student teaching in Massachusetts public schools and capitalize on that experience with a weekly seminar.