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Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

As the United States population continues to become more diverse, so do our classrooms — thus requiring effective teachers who can meet the needs of students with a variety of language abilities. Teachers increase their value and their confidence when they receive training in helping English speakers of other languages (ESOL) excel in the classroom. Enhance your understanding of strategies to help ESOL students excel in the classroom.From simple ideas like moving ESOL students to the front of the room to in-depth strategies such as the Total Physical Response method, our Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will give you the knowledge and resources you need to be effective. This 36 credit hour program is offered in an eight-week online delivery format. Although the program is in-depth and rigorous, the flexibility of the online delivery format allows you to schedule your studies around your life, enabling you to still maintain your current career and family life.

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Program Details

Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $375
Estimated total tuition cost — $13,500

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

  • Developing Literacy with English Language Learners Through Applied Linguistics (TESL 5003) — This course provides a critical understanding of instructional delivery which caters for the linguistic and literacy needs of English language learners (ELLs). This course provides students with the basis to negotiate issues of applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language varieties, multicultural communities, critical literacy and reading development. The course explores language uses, dialect and accent, language endangerment, language change and the core areas of linguistics research: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition.
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Education (TESL 5023) — This course develops awareness and understanding of major cultures, with emphasis on cross-cultural communication and understanding/meeting the special needs of PK–12 students from diverse cultural backgrounds, including English language learners (ELLs). The course covers major approaches to language in context, such as ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics and general linguistics applied to the classroom setting. The course explores the nature and role of culture, cultural groups and cultural identities.
  • Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners (TESL 5033) — This course provides a study of methods and techniques of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) across the curriculum in PK–12, focusing on incorporation of language arts content standards, literacy and linguistic development. This course prepares educators to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction, assessment and learning opportunities for English language learners (ELLs) in an inclusive educational setting. The course will engage with the political debates and resultant educational ramifications concerning bilingual education, dual language programs and ESOL education as well as power and inequalities in language education.
  • Advanced Grammar for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESL 5053) — This course investigates grammar, including word formation processes (morphology) and sentence structure (syntax), in the world’s languages. The course focuses on vocabulary and tools used to discover and describe patterns in human language. Course work emphasizes problem-solving and working with a wide range of language data. Course topics include the nature of language, a survey of language families, the unity of languages and their diversity, regional linguistics, pidgins, Creoles and international languages. The course studies the grammar of current English from the viewpoint of modern linguistics.

Curriculum and Diverse Learners

Educational Research

Developing Literacy with English Language Learners Through Applied Linguistics

Foundations of Educating English Language Learners and Second Language Acquisition

Cross-Cultural Communication and Education

Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners

Assessment of English Language Learners and Legislation of English for Speakers of Other Languages

Advanced Grammar for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Elementary teacher

Secondary teacher

Adult language instructor

TESOL program director