Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages M.Ed./C.G.S.


Emergent bilinguals are the fastest growing population in Rhode Island schools, creating an ever-increasing need for ESL teachers. RIC’s combined M.Ed./C.G.S. program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares certified teachers and teacher candidates to work with emergent bilinguals of all ages in both ESL classrooms and bilingual dual language classrooms. Moreover, if you are a bilingual teacher candidate, you can earn both ESL and bilingual dual language certification. This program also enrolls candidates preparing to teach English as a foreign language in countries around the world.

Holders of an early childhood, elementary, secondary certificate, or K-12 teaching certificate may obtain a Second Certificate to teach ESL and/or Bilingual/Dual Language Education.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is dependent on several factors. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission to all graduate programs. Primary consideration is given to a candidate's academic record, standardized test scores, a current résumé, a statement of professional goals as included in an application essay and a performance-based evaluation. Final acceptance is based on the combined decision of the appropriate academic department and the associate dean for graduate programs and assessment. The M.Ed. in TESOL program and the M.Ed. in TESOL, with a concentration in bilingual education, accepts applications for March 1 for Fall admission and Nov. 1 for Spring admission. Students are allowed to take up to two courses prior to matriculating into a program.

Admission requirements are as follows:

  1. Submission of a graduate application along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee.
  2. One copy of all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.00 may be admitted to degree candidacy upon submission of other evidence of academic potential.
  4. Teaching certificate. (See note below: adult educators need not provide this).
  5. Official standardized test scores (Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test), unless you currently hold a graduate degree.
  6. Three candidate reference forms with three accompanying letters of recommendation.
  7. Professional goals essay.
  8. Performance-based evaluation.
  9. A current résumé.

Note: Candidates who plan to teach ESL to adults or who plan to teach internationally are not required to have a teaching certificate to be admitted into this program; however, a suitable undergraduate minor is required (e.g., in languages and linguistics, English, international studies).

Course Information

Click below for information on TESOL course requirements and course descriptions.

Course Requirements

Course Descriptions

Program of Study

With the assistance of the graduate TESL advisor, prior to beginning graduate coursework the student develops a proposed program of study outlined on the appropriate Plan of Study Form. The student's advisor, the chair of the Department, and the graduate Dean for the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, must approve this form. Any time a student's program changes, the student must submit an approved Change in Plan of Study Form.

RIDE Requirements

Rhode Island College Courses

Socio-Cultural Foundations of ESL Education TESL 549-Socioicultural Contexts: Education in Bilingual Communities (Fall/Spring/Summer)
Theories of First and Second Language Acquisition TESL 539-Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice (Fall/Spring/Summer)
Introduction to English linguistics TESL 541-Applied Linguistics in TESOL (Fall/Spring)
Methods for ESL Programs TESL 546 TESOL Pedagogies for Grades PK-6 (Fall) or TESL 548 TESOL Pedagogies for Grades 5-Adult (Spring)
Curriculum for ESL Programs and Second Language Assessment and Evaluation TESL 551-Assessment of Emergent Bilinguals (Fall/Spring)
Second Language Literacy for LEP Learners TESL 507-Literacy Instruction for Emergent Bilinguals (Fall/Spring)
Completion of a 45 clock hour practicum in an ESL program TESL 553-Internship in TESOL and Bilingual Education (Fall/Spring)
Content Assessment English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362)
(see the RIDE website for more information)​

Note: All of the above courses count towards the M.Ed. in TESL. However, you must apply for the M.Ed. in TESL before you have completed three of the TESL courses in order to transfer the courses into the graduate program.

Program/Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, graduates will have:​

  1. Knowledge of second language acquisition, English linguistics and of the sociocultural contexts of our communities.
  2. Experience in designing and delivering ESOL and/or bilingual instruction, including the delivery of responsive reading and writing instruction for students who are developing English literacy or biliteracy
  3. The ability to conduct assessments of emergent bilingual students to plan responsive curriculum and instruction.
  4. The ability to collaborate with others, including the families and communities of students and other educational personnel working with the student.
  5. The written and oral communication skills and cross-cultural skills necessary to interact effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse families.
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Program Coordinators

Department of Educational Studies

In the Department of Educational Studies, we teach you how children grow and develop and help you to use that knowledge to create learning environments and experiences that will benefit children for life.

Dr. Sarah Hesson

Associate Professor

Dr. Leila Rosa

Assistant Professor