Master's of Education (MED)

ESL & Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Online 30 major credits * 2 years

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$228/mo

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

What You Learn

The ESL/Bilingual Education programs reflects the national Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) standards and the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST) and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards. The 15-credit graduate ESL certificate program leads to eligibility for New Jersey instructional certification as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. An additional 18 15 credits are needed beyond the ESL certification program to qualify for a Master of Education degree, including the successful completion of an applied thesis project. The 12-credit Bilingual/Bicultural Education program prepares candidates for a Bilingual/Bicultural Education endorsement.

How You Learn

This is an online cohort program. Online activities are conducted through Blackboard including assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will generally finish one 3-credit course every 7.5 weeks. Practicum courses may vary. Following this schedule, you will complete the degree program in approximately two years.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the first 15 credit-hours of the certification program, candidates will be eligible for New Jersey instructional certification as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. In addition, candidates who complete 12 of the 15 credits and pass oral and written proficiency examinations in English and another language are eligible for NJ Bilingual Education Endorsement. Upon completion of the full program outlined below, students will have earned an M.Ed. and be eligible for New Jersey instructional certification as a Teacher of English as a Second Language.

Degree Requirements

Courses Required for Bilingual Education Endorsement Only:

CourseTitleHours
EDC5021Second Language Acquisition3
EDC5026Phonology and Structure of American English3
EDC5022Methods and Practice of Teaching ESL through the Content Areas3
EDC5027Literacy Skills for the Second Language Learners3
 Total Credit Hours Required for Bilingual Ed. Endorsement Only:12


Courses Required for ESL Certification Only:

CourseTitleHours
EDC5021Second Language Acquisition3
EDC5023Historical and Cultural Backgrounds of English Language Learners3
EDC5026Phonology and Structure of American English3
EDC5022Methods and Practice of Teaching ESL through the Content Areas3
EDC5027Literacy Skills for the Second Language Learners3
 Total Credit Hours Required for ESL Certification Only:15


Courses Required to continue on for M.Ed.:

CourseTitleHours
EDC5014Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive Schools3
EDC6095Project: Applied Thesis I3
EDC5024Second Language Education Curriculum3
EDC6099Project: Applied Thesis II3
EDC5002Diversity in Inclusive Education3
 Total Credit Hours Required for M.Ed.:30
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations. Candidates must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) in English (and a second language if pursuing the Bilingual Ed Endorsement).