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2014-2015 Graduate Catalogue 
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English as a Second Language Specialization, M.Ed.

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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. N. Eleni Pappamihiel

The Master of Education with specialization in English as a Second Language is designed as an intensive program for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. Successful completion of the program will prepare candidates to take the Praxis II in English as a Second Language and/or expand their current knowledge of the field at the graduate level. The target audiences are certified teachers who wish to add a graduate level ESL certification to their current licensure area and current ESL teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of and expertise in the field of ESL.


Upon completion of the Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with specialization in English as a Second Language (ESL), the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of ESL.
  2. Demonstrate a well-articulated knowledge of K-12 communities and issues affecting the English language learner population.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with colleagues, administrators, and families.
  4. Design, implement, and assess effective instruction
  5. Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students
  6. Demonstrate effective knowledge of state and federal policies and regulations with regard to the ESL population.
  7. Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of English language learners.
  8. Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, completed before graduate study begins.
  2. Official copies of transcripts of college work (graduate and undergraduate). An undergraduate grade average of “B” (GPA=3.0) or better is recommended.
  3. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
  4. A letter of interest describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with English language learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning.
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

Degree Requirements (33 total hours)

Professional Core (9 credit hours)

Electives (6 credit hours)

  •  Two electives (as approved by the Program Coordinator) from EDN, EDL , or MIT 500-599.

Exit Requirements

  • Teaching portfolio, completed as part of EDN 517 
  • Action Research Project

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