M.A. in TESOL/Bilingual and Dual Language Immersion


This 30-credit program is based on the accreditation standards of the TESOL International Association used by the State of Rhode Island for certification of both PK-12 TESOL and Bilingual 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).

For more information about the state certification aspect of the program, click here.

Learn about the M.A. in TESOL/BDL program for international applicants

Required Coursework

View the M.A. in TESOL/BDL Curriculum Sheet for details about course sequence here.

Required courses for certification*:

  • EDC 420/LIN 420: Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDC 501: Socio-Cultural Aspects of Language Minority Education (3 credits)
  • EDC 526: Applied Linguistics for TESOL/BDL (3 credits)
  • EDC 563: Literacy for Multicultural Populations (3 credits)
  • EDC 516: Teaching Dual Language/English as a Second Language (3 credits)
  • EDC 515: Structured English Immersion and Sheltered English (3 credits)
  • EDC 519: Teaching Internship in TESOL/Dual Language Immersion (3 credits)

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

  • EDC 506: Researching Language in Educational Settings or
    EDC 529: Foundations of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • Professional Elective (3 credits)
  • Professional Elective (3 credits)

* Additional testing is required.

Certifications for TESOL and BDL 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 BDL 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



Applicants who successfully complete the 150-hour BridgeTEFL Diploma may use their TEFL certification as 3-elective credits towards the MA in TESOL/BDL program. For more information on BridgeTEFL, click here.

Applicants who successfully complete the ARCTEL program may use their CT TESOL certification as 6-elective credits towards the MA in TESOL/BDL program. For more information about the ARCTEL program, click here