ESL Master's

w/ ESL & TESOL Endorsement

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition

$166/mo

*if using financial aid

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Programs designed for working educators

Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet online or one night a week, same night for the entire program

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

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

CourseTitleHours
ESL 6300Foundations of Bilingual and Bicultural Education*3
ESL 6350Cross-Cultural Studies of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students*3
ESL 6610Language and Linguistics*3
ESL 6620Teaching English as a Second Language*3
ESL 6630Methods and Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students*3
ESL 6027Assessment of Language Minority Students*3
TESL 6220TESOL Curriculum Planning and Methodology†3
TESL 6200Applied Philology and World Englishes†3
ESL 6640Teacher as Researcher3
ESL 6556Seminar in Reflective Practice3
Additional course for bilingual endorsement in Illinois:
ESL 6635Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students*
+ 9 additional hours of coursework for the graduate certificate in adult TESOL:
TESL 6210Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners3
TESL 6230Second Language Acquisition3
TESL 6240Issues in Second Language Rhetoric and Composition3
Masters 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