Master of Arts (M.a.)

ESL or Bilingual Endorsement

with Curriculum & Instruction Master's

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

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*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Understand the psychological, linguistic and cultural basis of teaching bilingual students

Develop a multicultural perspective

Learn to effectively teach students for whom English is a Second Language

Become a resource person for curriculum development

Program Requirements

  • Admission to the C&I with ESL program
  • Successful completion of C&I with ESL coursework 30 semester hours (33 hours for international students*)
  • Completion of 100 Clock Hours or 3 months teaching experience in ESL Programs with ESL students (per ISBE endorsement requirements)
  • Complete the Master’s Capstone Experience
  • Must have a valid IL Professional Educators License

Areas of Study

Required – 12 hours (Core Courses)

ESL-6556Seminar in Reflective Practice3
EDU-6500Curriculum Construction3
FPR-6000Foundations of American Education3
ESL-6640Teacher as Researcher3

Areas of Concentration

ESL Concentration – 18 hours (These courses fulfill the State of Illinois requirement for ESL endorsement)

ESL-6610Languages & Linguistics3
ESL-6300Foundations of Bilingual and Bicultural Education3
ESL-6620Teaching English as a Second Language3
ESL-6630Methods, Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students3
ESL-6027Assessment of Language Minority Students3
ESL-6350Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Masters Capstone Experience

The capstone experience for the MA in CIE is embedded in the final two courses of the program, Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice. Candidates will be required to develop and implement a research proposal as well as conduct research in the field of English as a second language. Successful completion of both courses fulfills the capstone requirement.

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

*International students pursuing a Master’s degree at Concordia University Chicago are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education in addition to the courses required for their degree program. The Seminar is a 3-credit course taken during the student’s first semester as an enrolled student. This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S. based higher education learning environment. Students will work to develop academic language, graduate level study skills and gain essential support with cultural & institutional acclimatization.