Applying to our highly respected MATESOL program is the next step on your pathway into the field of English language learning and teaching, and it’s an important one. To fit into your life seamlessly, we accept students on a rolling basis for fall, spring and summer semesters. Application deadlines are two months before the start of your chosen entry semester; typically July 1, November 1 and March 1.
As you select your specific program and go through the application process, our MATESOL faculty and staff are available to answer questions and provide guidance.
Specialized MATESOL tracks
The MATESOL program offers several tracks that accommodate a number of career plans, allowing our students to pick the option that best suits their needs.
- The regular MATESOL program brings both American and international students together on campus for coursework that prepares them to teach English to international students in domestic or overseas language programs. A thesis option exists for those students interested in a more research-oriented focus.
- The MATESOL + Pre-K-12 Licensure track, in conjunction with the Graduate Education Department, qualifies students as licensed teachers of English learners, in grades pre-K through 12, in Vermont public schools. The Vermont teaching license has reciprocity with most other states in the U.S.
- The Graduate Certificate program offers a foundational qualification in TESOL for students who do not require a full Master’s degree.
- The MATESOL + Pre-K-12 English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement track is an opportunity for teachers already Vermont-licensed in other content areas to become certified in teaching ELL.
The flexible format of the MATESOL program offers a variety of time frames for completion. Once admitted to your selected program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you plan your personalized sequence through the program.
- During the fall and spring semesters, our on-campus classes meet in the evenings. The PreK-12-oriented courses are blended, alternating weeks between campus and online instruction. During the summer, classes meet two days per week for 3.5 hours each.
- The MATESOL OnLine + OnCampus Program can be completed in 14 months. It starts with an intensive full-time summer on campus, followed by four online classes during the fall and spring semesters. The program concludes with a full-time summer semester on campus. You can complete the MATESOL program full-time in as little as 12 months, although the more common duration is 18 months to 2 years.
- Part-time MATESOL students have a seven-year limit to complete the degree.
- If you are teaching overseas, you may choose to take courses exclusively during the summer semesters,, completing your degree over three consecutive six-week summers on campus.
Transfer Credit and Advance Standing
- Students may transfer up to nine credits (three courses) from another accredited institution, provided these courses were not part of another completed degree.
- Advance standing may be offered for admitted students with certain high-quality TESOL certificates.
- Both transfer and advance standing options need to be formally requested and approved on a case-by-case basis.