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

    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

  • Admission Requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements, candidates for this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, and meet the admissions requirements below.

    The following is to be submitted to the Graduate School:

    • Completed online graduate application, including fee and essay
    • Official transcripts (Transcripts from outside the United States must be officially translated and evaluated.)
    • Two current letters of recommendation
    • Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
    • Results of a language proficiency assessment, if applicable

    In addition, candidates are also required to demonstrate evidence of:

    • A course in human, child, or adolescent development at the undergraduate level
    • Documentation of fluency at an intermediate level in a language other than English—from a college or university or foreign secondary school; through the successful completion of foreign language courses deemed appropriate by the foreign language program in the World Languages Department; or through the proficiency level determined by the University’s language proficiency assessment
    • A passing score report from the ELL or ESL content MTEL (required prior to beginning the practicum)
      Program of Study
      Core Requirements:
      CD 905 Sound System of English (3 credits)
      CD 906 Structure of English (3 credits)
      CD 910 Normal Development of Speech and Language (3 credits)
      ED 978 Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Bilingual and ELLs (3 credits)
      ES 928 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
      ES 914 Methods & Materials of Teaching English Language Skills to the ELL (3 credits)
      ED 986 Literacy Instruction for the English Language Learner (3 credits)
      ED 955 Assessing English Language Learners (3 credits)
      ES 930 Sheltered Instruction & Assessment in Immersion Classroom (3 credits)

      ES 940 Practicum & Seminar in the Teaching ESL Pre-K-6 (5 credits) or ES 945 Practicum & Seminar in the Teaching ESL 5-12 (5 credits)

      Total Minimum Program Credits: 32