MEd in English Language Teaching & Learning
The program requires 30 semester hours, consisting of 10 classes and a comprehensive portfolio, which is embedded in six core ELL courses.
Students interested in pursuing the MEd in English Language Teaching and Learning are not required to hold any specific endorsement. This program will provide the coursework needed to receive and ESL endorsement if candidates hold an Illinois teaching license. The endorsement is for the grade range of the license with the exception of the middle grades. Adding the middle grade ESL endorsement may require additional course work if the middle grade endorsement is not currently on the license.
Required Courses (30 semester hours)
- CIEP 440: Curriculum & Instruction
- CIEP 442: Curriculum Development & Implementation
- CIEP 469: Teaching and Learning in Urban Communities
- CIEP 471: Theoretical Foundations for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
- CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
- CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
- CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children & Adolescents
- CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
- CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum
- Approved elective
Length of the Program: Full-time students can complete the program in one year (4 classes in Fall, 4 classes in Spring, 2 classes in Summer). Part-time students can complete the program in two years - 2 classes each Fall and Spring semesters and 1 class each Summer session. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in English Language Teaching and Learning are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.
Clinical Experiences: Students will complete clinical experiences integrated within individual courses. For students who are not currently teaching in a classroom with ELLs, additional clinical hours may be required outside of coursework to meet ISBE requirements for the ESL endorsement.
Comprehensive Assessment: The comprehensive portfolio for this program will be completed throughout the program, specifically in the ELL-specific courses focused on the foundations, methods, assessments, materials, applications, and practices with English language learners. The professional portfolio will include: Language Policy Case Study, Culturally Relevant Literature Inquiry Project, Sheltered Instruction Unit Plan, ELL Assessment Portfolio, Community & School Language Profile, and Applied Linguistics Reflection. No application is required. Program faculty will notify students of results.
Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:
- August 1 for December conferral
- December 1 for May conferral
- February 1 for August conferral*
*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.
Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.