M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages


Candidates who wish to develop instructional strategies that promote learning for students whose native language is not English, from elementary school through adulthood, are advised to pursue the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K - Adult). The coursework capitalizes on the uniqueness of learners and will focus on creating vibrant learning communities.

The Next Cohort Start Date is January 25th

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia Portland’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL concentration will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the ESOL program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL
16 credits
EDCI 538 (3)
Strategies and Materials for Teaching English-Learners
This course helps students develop skills needed to teach English to speakers of other languages. These skills include the ability to implement various methods of language teaching, the ability to develop curriculum materials in ESOL, the assessment of student proficiency in second language use, and the ability to involve parents and the community in second language education programs.
EDCI 539 (3)
This course provides an in-depth study of the principles of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) from a historical, cultural, and sociolinguistics perspective.
EDCI 540 (3)
Language and Culture in the Classroom
This course introduces the student to the theories and practice of multicultural counseling and intercultural communication by examining the cultural diversity in our classrooms and communities, defining similarities and differences in perceptual and communication style, and investigating cultural adaptation and intercultural communication skills. It examines parent and community involvement as resources that enhance the multicultural counseling and education processes.
EDCI 541 (2)
Language Acquisition
This course examines the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) from the perspective of curricular design and educational technology. An understanding of issues and resources related to curriculum design and educational technology will assist participants in planning ESL programs, equipping students with appropriate media resources, and earning the ESOL.
EDCI 543 (2)
Assessing English-Learners
This course will present an overview and rationale for ELL assessment and a framework for the assessment of ELL students at the K-12 level. Students will be introduced to the variables that come into play with assessment when English is not the native language. Covered will be the stages of Second Language Acquisition and its effect on assessment.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. The proposal will not be implemented with students/participants during the course.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL Master's Degree Online

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages program is fully online. The online format uses cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools to provide students with a convenient yet challenging educational experience. Online classes are 5 weeks in length and can be accessed via Internet.


Career Opportunities

  • Teacher, English to Speakers of Other Languages Worldwide
  • Higher Education Instructor in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Consultant/Advisor in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Professional Development Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Tutor: English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Program Director, English Language Learners
  • English Language Development Advisor to Local, State & National Policymakers
  • Advisor: NGOs, Governments and Large International Corporations
  • Curriculum Director, Programs for English Language Learners
  • Division or Department Chair

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