2020-2021 Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Teacher Education: English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Program Description

The Master of Education in Teacher Education: English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for certified teachers who are interested in expanding their understanding of the needs of child and adult English language learners but who are not seeking ELS teaching certification. The curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education ESL Program Specialist Standards and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online delivery)


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly  NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education


Course Credits
Required Courses 24
EDE 701  Standards Aligned Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction  3
EDU 704  Foundations of ESL Education 3
EDU 709  Sociolinguistics 3
EDU 712  Content-Based ESL Instruction 3
EDU 713  Language Acquisition and Development 3
EDU 714  Language Assessment 3
EDU 719  Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community 3
RES 800  Methods of Research OR ADP 673 Supervised Field Project/Research and Evaluation 3
Elective Courses
(Select two from the following)
EDU 702  Instructional Design and Strategies for Gifted Education 3
EDE 765  Foundations of Integrative Stem** 3
ESP 610  Special Education Foundations 3
MSE 643  Content Area Literacy 3
MSE 656  Methods of Foreign Language Teaching* 3
MSE 740  Advanced Instructional Technology 3
MSE 750  Online Technologies in Education 3
MSE 755  Constructivist Instructional Strategies 3
MSE 771  Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms 3
PSY 702  Psychology of Childhood 3
PSY 713  Psychology of Growth and Development 3
Total 30

* Summer-only course

** Speak with program coordinator

Program Notes:

  • ESL courses require field experiences.
  • This is not an initial teaching licensure program. Pennsylvania requires initial licensure before the ESL program specialist certificate can be added on. 

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