ESOL - Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages

Enhance your skills in teaching English language learners!

Today’s schools serve an increasingly diverse population of students, including non-native English speakers. Support for schools in accommodating the needs of this rapidly growing population is addressed through these three programs. Participants in this program will acquire a wide range of concepts, theories, and practices related to effectively teaching English language learners.

Program Options Available for:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching degree (41 credits)
  • Master of Education degree (36 credits)
  • Professional Development Certificate (21 credits)

M.Ed. Degree Requirements

This 36-credit graduate program includes a minimum of 15 credits in the core courses, 11 credits in the specialization area, three credits in action research, four credits in clinical courses, and three credits in an elective.

Core Courses

ED 601 – Theories of Development: A Lifespan Perspective (3 credits)

ED 605 – Research Methods (3 credits)

ED 681 – Curriculum Development for a Multicultural Society (3 credits)

Select two courses (6 credits)

ED 602 – Social and Psychological Forces Affecting Youth (3 credits)

ED 603 – Personality Development and Self-Esteem (3 credits)

ED 604 – Contemporary Issues in Education (3 credits)

Action Research

ED 606 – Action Research/Special Project (3 credits)

ESOL Specialization Courses

ED 658EA – Methods of Teaching ESOL (3 credits)

ED 658EB – Teaching Reading and Writing for English Learners (3 credits)

ED 658EC – Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

ED 658ED – Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (3 credits)

Clinical Courses

ED 651 – Educating for Character (1.5 credits)

ED 652 – Mediation of Conflict (1.5 credits)

ED 658EF – Practicum in ESOL (3 credits)


Select one course (3 credits)

ED 639 – Psychological and Linguistic Foundations of Reading (3 credits)

ED 620B – Teaching Students to Write Using Multiple Strategies: Issues of Correctness (3 credits)

Specialization Standards

Domain 1. Language, Candidates will

  • Understand and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English language learners’ (ELLs)  
  • Be able to develop language and literacy and achieve in the content areas. 
  • Demonstrate that issues of language structure and language acquisition development are interrelated.  

Domain 2. Culture, Candidates will

  • Understand, and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environment for ELLs.  

Domain 3. Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction, Candidates will

  • Know, understand, and use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction.  
  • Know and can use program models and skills in teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills.   
  • Integrate technology as well as choose and adapt classroom resources for ELLs.

Domain 4: Assessment, Candidates will

  • Demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELLs.   

Domain 5. Professionalism, Candidates will

  • Keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues.    
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching and use such information to reflect on and improve their instruction and assessment practices.  
  • Work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.