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M.A. in Education

Second Language Education (TESOL/DLI)


This 31-credit program is based on the accreditation standards of the TESOL International Association used by the State of Rhode Island for certification of both P-12 ESL and Dual Language Immersion teachers. The certification tracks are designed to serve the needs of teachers certified in Early Childhood Education (grades P-2), Elementary Education (grades 1-6) or Secondary Education (grades 5-12).

Required Coursework

Required courses for certification*:

  • LIN 420: Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • EDC 501: Socio-Cultural Aspects of Language Minority Education (3 credits)
  • EDC 527: Language Study for Teachers of Reading (3 credits)
  • EDC 563: Teaching Reading to Multicultural Populations (3 credits)
  • EDC 516: Teaching Dual Language/English as a Second Language (4 credits)
  • EDC 519: Teaching Practicum in TESOL/Dual Language Immersion (3 credits)

Remaining courses required to earn the M.A. in TESOL/DLI:

  • EDC 506: Researching Language in Educational Settings or
    EDC 529: Foundations of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDC 515: Structured English Immersion and Sheltered English (3 credits)
  • Professional Elective (3 credits)
  • Professional Elective (3 credits)

* Additional testing is required.

Certifications for TESOL and DLI require a minimum score (155) on the Praxis test English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362). Please check your state’s certification requirements for the minimum passing score.

Certification for DLI also requires a score of Advanced-Mid on ACTFL’s Oral Proficiency Interview for the candidate’s second language and the Praxis II language test in one of the following, if relevant, languages:

Language Score
French (5174) 162
German (5183) 163
Spanish (5195) 168

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