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Bilingual Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Bilingual Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Boston University provides students the opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts learned during their coursework in supervised field placements in elementary, middle, or high school ESL, Dual Language, or Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms.
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The Bilingual Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Boston University prepares students to become teachers of English as a second language (ESL) at the elementary or middle/high school level through a comprehensive course of study which includes a strong arts and sciences component with emphasis on linguistics, culture, and a minor in a foreign language or other appropriate area selected in consultation with the academic advisor; professional education courses combining theory and practice; and specialization courses focusing on first- and second-language acquisition, literary instruction and assessment, and curriculum development. 

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Bilingual Education will ordinarily, through coursework taken in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship; Communication; and some elements of the Intellectual Toolkit, essential for educators working with other professionals and families. Additional requirements may be satisfied through required Arts & Sciences coursework, and it is important that students keep Hub requirements in mind when selecting these courses. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

The program of study is carefully designed to enable students to meet both the BU Hub capacities and the requirements that enable Boston University to recommend students to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for teaching licenses at the Initial Level as teachers of English as a Second Language. Fulfillment of licensure requirements in the program can lead to licensure in states with which the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has reciprocity.

Students completing requirements for licensure in Elementary Education, English Education, or History Education, who wish to meet requirements for licensure as a teacher of English as a Second Language can do so by completing requirement specified below, in the section labeled “Add-On ESL licensure.”

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Set specific, measurable, and realistic objectives for a lesson.
  • Develop lesson and unit plans in which objectives, assessment plans, and lesson activities are well aligned with one another.
  • Design lessons and unit plans that are informed by key aspects of theory and research on English learner (EL) education.
  • Use key linguistic and academic standards (including the Common Core State Standards, Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and WIDA English Language Standards) to determine appropriate goals for their English learners according to their English proficiency and grade levels.
  • Plan and execute lesson activities that are informed by key second-language research and teaching methods.
  • Employ a variety of language and literacy assessments to identify ELs’ needs and to determine progress toward specific goals.
  • Provide explicit ELD (English language development) instruction as preplanned lessons and as impromptu “focus on form” mini-lessons.
  • Make plan lessons that integrate technology to make linguistic input comprehensible to English learners.
  • Collaborate effectively with general education teachers to provide linguistic scaffolding to English learners in the context of general education classrooms.
  • Choose pedagogical materials that are culturally relevant for their students.
  • Identify the support services to which English learners are legally entitled and will be able to advocate for their rights when such services are not adequately provided.
  • Critically reflect on their instruction and identify concrete strategies to improve their teaching.
  • Employ a variety of methods to effectively communicate and collaborate with ELs’ parents as partners in their children’s education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Art Education
  • Music Appreciation
  • Children’s Literature
  • General Psychology
  • World History
  • Integrated Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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