Our English Language Learners (ELL) coursework provides students with the core competencies they need to be able to apply independently to Massachusetts for a license in English Language Learners.
These courses are specifically designed to provide opportunities for current students pursuing initial licensure or teachers with the appropriate licensure to earn and independently apply for an Additional License in ELL. These courses are taken individually as part of the regular January or summer session PaGE (Professional and Graduate Education) course offerings. They may be taken in any order, at your own pace.
Tuition: Cost is $680 per credit. Scholarships are available.
In order to apply for your additional license, you need to complete all of the courses in this module and complete a State Competency Review, indicating how you have acquired subject matter knowledge for your particular license area, according to the Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval 603 CMR 7.00. To complete your review, you will also need to pass certain Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
PreK - Grade 8
Communication and Literacy
Foundations of Reading or Reading specialist subject matter
General Curriculum multi-subject subtest
Elementary Mathematics or General Curriculum mathematics subtest
English as Second Language
Communications and Literacy
Teaching subject test
English as Second Language
Internship in an ELL Classroom
A teacher candidate (TC) pursuing a Massachusetts initial license in one field, or a teacher holding a Massachusetts initial or professional license in one field may earn an additional ELL license of the same type and at the same level by completing a program that includes an internship of at least 150 hours.
X.Educ 463: Teaching English Language Learners SEI endorsed course
Fall or Spring
This courses addresses core competencies outlined in the Massachusetts Department of Education English Language Learner certificate requirement. Readings in language acquisition theory, language learning and teaching, effective lesson design and assessment, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol and knowledge of intercultural learners are covered. Students will have experience developing and adapting lessons and curriculum to address the needs of students in their pre-practicum settings.
X.ELL 463: Teaching English Language Learners: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement (Stand-alone course)
This course is offered for teachers seeking SEI endorsement. It serves as the ReTELL course that provides an overview of pragmatic pedagogical strategies for including English Language Learners in content area classroom instruction. Readings in language acquisition theory, language learning and teaching, effective lesson design and assessment, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol and knowledge of intercultural learners are covered. Students will have experience developing and adapting lessons and curriculum to address the needs of students in their pre-practicum settings.
X.ELL 418: Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice (Online)
This course would a) introduce students to theories of second language acquisition (cognitive, social, and linguistic influences) and how these inform teaching practices, and b) introduce teaching methods and approaches to teaching ELLs so students can begin to make informed context-sensitive decisions about language teaching methods, techniques, lesson planning, materials, classroom management, etc.
X.ELL 416: Language Assessment and Classroom Practice (Online)
Brief introduction to theory and practice in assessing students' academic English proficiency. Students will learn about purposes of and types of language assessments (e.g., large-scale standardized tests like WIDA ACCESS, alternative assessments like portfolios, formative assessments) and practice designing oral language assessment tasks and using rubrics to evaluate student writing.