2021-2022 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. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online delivery)


Cal U's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


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. 

Course Credits
Required Courses 24
EDE 701  Standards Aligned Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction  3
EDU 704  Foundations of ESL Education (offered summer only) 3
EDU 709  Sociolinguistics (offered fall only) 3
EDU 712  Content-Based ESL Instruction (offered spring only) 3
EDU 713  Language Acquisition and Development (offered summer only) 3
EDU 714  Language Assessment (offered spring only) 3
EDU 719  Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community (offered fall only) 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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