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Teaching English as a Second Language at RIC

Better Serve Emergent Bilingual Students in your Classroom and School​​​

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M.Ed. in TESL Admission Requirements


RIC’s M.Ed. and Certification Programs in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education prepare teacher candidates to work with students who are learning English as an additional language in both ESL and Bilingual Education settings. Become an ESL teacher, a Bilingual teacher or teach English internationally. Work in Rhode Island or anywhere in the world where students of all ages are learning English as an additional language. Our program prepares you to teach ESL to children, adolescents and/or adults and, for PreK-12 practitioners, assists you in obtaining the ESL Certificate or Bilingual/Dual Language Certificate.

Please note that the TESL Program accepts applications for March 1st for fall admission and November 1st for spring admission, but students are allowed to take up to three courses prior to matriculating into a program. APPLY HERE!

K-12 Special Education teachers who work with emergent bilinguals might also be interested in the Urban Multicultural Special Education Program​.​

CHANGE THE CONVERSATION WITH US: Watch the clip below to hear Congressman Langevin credit RIC's Dr. Sarah Hesson for helping him better celebrate RI's bilingual population by shifting away from the term "English Learners" and to "Emergent Bilinguals."

Congressman Langevin's Remarks on Emergent Bilinguals 12/12/18​

Page last updated: December 18, 2018