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Program Overview

The Master of Education degree with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) targets education professionals who have gained a teaching license in another area. This master’s degree would add to their understanding of supporting multilingual learners and provide them the knowledge base to take an ESOL Praxis exam if desired, so they can add another endorsement in preK-12 English as a Second Language (ESL). In addition, this degree targets other professionals who desire to gain expertise and knowledge in working with multilingual learners and their families in different contexts. Finally, this program may enable candidates to teach English as a foreign language in other countries.

No knowledge of a foreign language is required.


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Program Details

The Master of Education is a 30 credit hour program, fully online and asynchronous.

Full time students can complete the program in three semesters, while part-time students can complete it in five semesters.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standard (NBPTS) in English as a New Language Standards provides the foundational framework for this M.Ed. in Education concentration in TESOL.

Program Goals

Candidates will:

  • Become familiar with educational research, learning theory, curriculum development, program evaluation, and contemporary issues in education, enabling them to critically analyze policies, practices, and procedures in U.S. P-12 schools with an understanding of the cultural, social, and political context of these institutions.
  • Be able to identify and explain concepts related to second language acquisition, socio-cultural variables that impact multilingual learners’ academic achievement, and instructional strategies that enable these students to further develop their language proficiency and content understandings. 



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