In order to teach in Vermont's public schools, MATESOL students must concurrently pursue the ELL (English Language Learners) Initial Teacher Licensure Program, which is administered by the Graduate Education Program. The Licensure Program prepares students to teach ELL in public schools in Vermont at all levels. You may choose to pursue a license for PK-Grade 6, Grades 7-12, or PK-Grade 12.
A critical component of the Licensure Program is Practicum - performing student teaching in a local public school. Burlington's area schools provide a wide array of opportunities to teach ELL, with its high population of resettled families from all over the world.
In addition to student teaching, the Licensure Program requires the submission of a portfolio. Students will work closely with their advisors to ensure that their portfolios adequately demonstrate their knowledge, skills and experience in teaching English language learners.
Acceptance to the Master in TESOL degree program does not automatically ensure acceptance to the ELL Initial Teacher Licensure Program. You should apply to both the MATESOL degree program and the Graduate Education ELL Licensure Program concurrently. After acceptance to the Master in TESOL program, you will be contacted by an advisor from Graduate Education to set up an interview.
Required Courses (46 Credits)
TESOL Courses (21 cr.)
GSL 500 - Foundations of Linguistics Credits: 3 cr.
GSL 502 - English Grammar Credits: 3 cr.
Plus 20 hours grades 7-12 practicum
GSL 543 - Teaching of Oral Skills in ESOL Credits: 3 cr.
GSL 546 - K-12 Literacy for ELL Credits: 3 cr.
Plus 20 hours grades K-6 literacy practicum
GSL 547 - ELL in the Content Areas Credits: 3 cr.
Plus 20 hours K-12 practicum
GSL 612 - Bilingualism and Multicultural Education Credits: 3 cr.
GSL 655 - Language Learning & Assessment for Children Credits: 3 cr.
Graduate Education Courses (16 cr.)
GED 516 - Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future Credits: 3 cr.
GED 520 - Child and Adolescent Development Credits: 3 cr.
GED 528 - K-8 Curriculum, Assessment and Management Credits: 4 cr.
GED 612 - Math and Diversity Credits: 3 cr.
GED 641 - Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom K-12 Credits: 3 cr.
Student Teaching Component (9 cr.)
GED 550 - Student Teaching Internship Credits: 6 cr.
GED 555 - Student Teaching Seminar Credits: 3 cr.