Curriculum and Instruction: English as a Second Language (ESL) / Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Candidates with a professional educator license who are seeking a Masters degree as well as adding the English as a Second Language and/or Bilingual Endorsement to their license must complete the following coursework. The ESL Endorsement is valid only at the grade levels of the teacher's current license.  All coursework is aligned with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards.

Candidates who seek a Bilingual Endorsement must take 51-527 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education, as well as successfully completing the ISBE language assessment.  

Successful completion of the College of Education graduate writing assessment is required during the first quarter of enrollment. Two years of teaching experience is not required for enrollment in the Masters program for ESL or Bilingual Endorsement.  Up to six (6) credit hours may be accepted for transfer from another institution with the approval of the candidate’s advisor.

Total credit hours required: 30

Degree Requirements

I. Required Courses (24)

51-510Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

3

51-512Linguistics for the Teachers of English Language Learners

3

51-514Assessment of English Language Learners

3

51-522Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership

3

51-526Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a New Language

3

51-542Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

3

51-557Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement

3

52-575Practical Research for Learning Communities

3

Comprehensive Examination Required

II. Elective Options (6)

Choose two of the following:

51-527Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education

3

51-557Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement

3

52-509Child and Adolescent Literature

3

52-527Teaching Reading to the Diverse Learner

3

-three hours of COE technology coursework

3

Other elective options may be available with prior approval of the advisor.

Total credit hours required: 30