M.Ed. in English Language Teaching & Learning
Total Hours: 30
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. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)
Students interested in pursuing the M.Ed. 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 already hold an Illinois teaching license. The endorsement is for the grade range of the license with the exception of the middle grades. To add the middle grade ESL endorsement it may require additional course work if a middle grade endorsement(s) is not currently on the license.
The program requires 30 semester hours, consisting of 10 classes and a comprehensive portfolio, which is embedded in six core ELL courses.
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. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment)
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.
Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the following course, or its equivalent. Alternatively, RMTD 400 can be added to the program of study.
- graduate level or comparable research methods course
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/Bilingual
- CIEP 474 Assessment of Bilingual Students
- CIEP 488 Action Research to Improve Teaching & Learning
- CIEP 503 Culturally Relevant Literature for Children & Adolescents
- CIEP 504 Applied Linguistics for Teachers
- CIEP 506 English Language Learning Practicum
Students will complete clinical experiences integrated within individual courses. For those students who hold a teaching license, but are not currently teaching in a classroom with English learners, and want to meet the ISBE requirements to receive their ESL endorsement as a result of the program, additional clinical experience hours may be required outside of coursework.
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.
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
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.