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English as a Second Language (ESL) Initial Licenses (PreK-6) (5-12)

Prepares candidates for:

  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (PreK-6) Initial License
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (5-12) Initial License

Candidates may come from either inside or outside the field of public education.


  • A Bachelors Degree
  • Evidence of knowledge or study of a language other than English

Program Requirements

  • Meet MTEL and application requirements, including prerequisites
  • Complete required courses: Curriculum and Assessment for Teachers; Language Development and Literacy; Theory and Practice of Acquiring a Second Language; (PreK-6 only) Literacy Learning for Younger Children; (5-12 only) Literacy Learning for Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents; Reflective Practicum Seminar; Theory and Practice in Fostering Literacy in a New Language; and Theory and Practice in Sheltering Instruction. For more information about these courses, visit our Course Catalog.
  • Complete the Practicum

Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTELs are required with application. Endorsement in the Licensure Program is contingent upon successful completion of all the MTELs.

MTEL Requirements

  • Communication and Literacy Skills Test
  • English Learners Language Test (taken upon completion of all or part of the program)


A 300-hour Supervised Practicum in the role of the license sought is required. Click here to learn more about the Practicum.

Graduate Credit

All courses may be taken for graduate credit. For those interested in obtaining a graduate degree, graduate credits may be applied toward a M.Ed. – Curriculum & Teaching or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), through CES’ partnership with Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit registration forms are available at the first session of each course. For more information about the Graduate Options available, click here. For graduate program procedures and information, email liaison@collaborative.org.

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