ESL Master's w/ Endorsement

Program Overview:

The Master of Arts in ESL is designed for certified educators who want to pursue a program online with a robust concentration in teaching and learning ESL/ESOL to become an accomplished ESL/ESOL teacher. Program leads to Illinois licensure in ESL. Candidates may also choose to receive a graduate certificate in adult TESOL from Concordia University by taking three additional courses to receive skills and knowledge in teaching adult language learners in a variety of contexts and settings. This program with certificate option provides candidates with research-proven theory and instructional practice in meeting the diverse needs of linguistically and culturally student populations from a variety of backgrounds at varying levels, ages, and competencies in the first language. Graduates from the program will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as ESL or ESOL teachers in any of the following settings: PK-12 schools, community organizations, intensive English programs, college/university settings, in domestic and international settings.

Program Objectives

  • Designed for certified educators who want to pursue a program online with a robust concentration in teaching and learning ESL/ESOL to become an accomplished ESL/ESOL teacher
  • Candidates may also choose to receive a graduate certificate in adult TESOL from Concordia University by taking three additional courses to receive skills and knowledge in teaching adult language learners in a variety of contexts and settings
  • Provides candidates with research-proven theory and instructional practice in meeting the diverse needs of linguistically and culturally student populations from a variety of backgrounds at varying levels, ages, and competencies in the first language
  • Must possess a Professional Educator License prior to entering the program

The graduate certificate in Adult TESOL enables candidates to:

  • Acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
  • Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context
  • Be viable candidates in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world

Areas of Study

Course Title Hours
ESL 6300 Foundations of Bilingual and Bicultural Education* 3
ESL 6350 Cross-Cultural Studies of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students* 3
ESL 6610 Language and Linguistics* 3
ESL 6620 Teaching English as a Second Language* 3
ESL 6630 Methods and Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students* 3
ESL 6027 Assessment of Language Minority Students* 3
TESL 6220 TESOL Curriculum Planning and Methodology† 3
TESL 6200 Applied Philology and World Englishes† 3
ESL 6640 Teacher as Researcher 3
ESL 6556 Seminar in Reflective Practice 3
Additional course for bilingual endorsement in Illinois:
ESL 6635 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students*
+ 9 additional hours of coursework for the graduate certificate in adult TESOL:
TESL 6210 Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners 3
TESL 6230 Second Language Acquisition 3
TESL 6240 Issues in Second Language Rhetoric and Composition 3

Master's Capstone Experience:

The capstone experience for the MA in ESL is the last course, Seminar in Reflective Practice. In the capstone course, candidates will demonstrate TESL skills, knowledge, and dispositions in a culminating project designed by students to explore real-world problems and challenges and meet the needs of their specific contexts.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.

* Indicates a required course for the Illinois endorsement in ESL/Bilingual Education

† Indicates a required course for the graduate certificate in adult TESOL