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Graduate Programs: Advanced Courses in English as a Second Language and Cross-Cultural Studies

Through Brown University's Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies Masters Studies in English as a Second Language, the Education Alliance offers a series of advanced courses in English as a second language and cross-cultural studies. The program incorporates second language acquisition research, culturally responsive pedagogy, and practical experiences to build the candidate's foundational knowledge.

Project Engage (2016-2021) 

A National Professional Development Program providing full tuition for K-5 teachers from Central Falls, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket, RI. The goal of the Project is to increase the capacity of Rhode Island’s elementary teachers to deliver high quality instruction to elementary level English learners (ELs) in high incidence districts. Contact: Esmeralda Lopez (


Opportunity for K-5 Teachers to apply for Brown University’s

Master’s Degree in ESL and Crosscultural Studies

Brown University is the recipient of a federal grant to develop the knowledge and skills of RI elementary teachers who work in districts with a high incidence of English learners.  The program offered under this grant provides full tuition for cohorts of K-5 Rhode Island elementary teachers to complete a Master’s Degree Program in ESL and Crosscultural Studies. The program is currently seeking to identify 10 elementary teachers to complete a Master’s in ESL and Crosscultural Studies and become ESL certified.

Successful applicants wishing to be considered for the tuition assistance program must:

  • teach full time in a general education, bilingual education, or special education program in a RI elementary school, grades K-5, in the districts of Central Falls, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket
  • have completed a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • hold Rhode Island certification or emergency teaching certification for the elementary grades K-5
  • commit 2.5 years to the program beginning in the Summer of 2019
  • participate in a research study related to English learner education in the 2nd year of the program
  • have access to ELs in their classrooms
  • demonstrate in their personal statement an interest in improving their knowledge and skills in all areas related to EL education and a commitment to work toward the improvement of ELs’ education in the state of RI
  • submit a letter of recommendation from a district administrator

If interested, please:

  •  submit a personal statement
  •  submit transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), GRE, TOEFL/IELTS are not required
  • submit letters of recommendation


Online Application Opens:  December 4, 2018

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2019

Additional Brown University resources are available at the Graduate School and the Office of Financial Aid.