M.Ed. in English Language Teaching & Learning
In a globalizing and diversifying world, English language teaching and learning is an integral field of study at any school of education. The demand for well-prepared English language teachers is evident both in national and international contexts. The program provides comprehensive knowledge on English language teaching and learning, including second language acquisition theories and research, effective and innovative methods of instruction and assessment, and comprehensive knowledge about language, linguistics, language policy, and more. Candidates will leave the program with extensive knowledge and skills to meet the needs of linguistically diverse students in multiple contexts, including mainstream and English as a second language (ESL) classrooms at the P-12 levels, ESL with adult learners in the university or community college or organization context, and English as a foreign language (EFL) in the international context. This program offers both part- and full-time programs of study, which allows full-time students the option to complete coursework in one academic year. In addition to the Masters degree, Illinois licensed teachers will complete the program with the necessary coursework to fulfill the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Students also have the option of pursuing only the ESL endorsement.
Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement program is for teachers who currently hold both a bachelor's degree and a teaching license and would like to enhance their credentials.