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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

German. French. Chinese. Spanish. Malay. Imagine a classroom where those are the main languages spoken, and where each student could benefit from understanding the ever-evolving English language — whether it’s later in life to expand their job prospects, or right now, to build lasting relationships. That’s what makes ESOL teachers so admirable: by being versatile in their instruction and honing their ability to develop curriculum materials in ESOL, they’re essentially giving students the greatest gift a teacher can give: opportunity. Change someone’s life by enrolling in Concordia’s online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL program.

In this program, you’ll develop instructional strategies that promote learning for students from pre-kindergarten through high school whose native language is not English. And through the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction core courses and capstone experience, you’ll get a comprehensive overview in addition to specialized knowledge.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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NEXT START DATE
January 13th
MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 13 Months
Credits 31 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in about one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
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Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
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Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL Program Goals

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: English for Speakers of Other Languages is a concentration for teachers at all authorization levels who want to develop instructional strategies to better accommodate students whose native language is not English. Successful candidates will demonstrate:
Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Demonstrate expertise in the utilization of new methods and strategies to evaluate language proficiency of ESOL students

Differentiation

Differentiation

Demonstrate the ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies for students from a variety of backgrounds, languages, and abilities

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

Develop or refine an awareness of, appreciation for, and responsiveness to classroom and societal diversity with an emphasis on culture and language

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

Demonstrate characteristics of moral leadership through professional roles and responsibilities as an advocate for ESOL students

Effective collaboration practices

Effective collaboration practices

Demonstrate knowledge of and apply skills in collaboration practices related to ESOL needs

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL is a 31 credit-hour, 13-month program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL
13 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. 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.

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Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

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MORE ON THE TOPIC OF ESOL

What makes this program so relevant today

ESOL teachers commonly perform roles beyond classroom teaching to help their English Language Learner students transition to new environments, learn a new language, and perform well in school. Here are just a few of the many roles of the ESOL teacher:

Advocate: ESOL teachers often advocate for ELL students to help them navigate the school system. They work with families to navigate the transition to a new culture, and ensure students receive necessary services and monitoring.

Professional Development Leaders: ESOL teachers often lead professional development in their schools to share best practices for inclusive teaching, differentiation, and language development in classrooms.

Teacher and Co-Teacher: Many ESOL educators collaborate with other teachers. They’re called upon for consultation, differentiation, and development of lesson plans with other content teachers. ESOL instructors teach classes on their own and will occasionally push-in to content classes to ensure learning materials meet the needs of English Language Learners.

Parental Liaison: The ESOL instructor is called upon to be the liaison between the school and an English Language Learner’s family, working closely with parents to keep them informed about students’ needs.

Data Analyst: ESOL teachers regularly collect and analyze data to monitor a student’s progress. They work with content teachers to assess student performance and use data to inform instruction.

School Culture Curator: ESOL educators often lead the charge to ensure that a school’s culture and education spaces reflect the many backgrounds of their students.

  • ELL students may struggle to communicate or express their confusion.
  • ELL students may struggle to understand assignment directions or vocabulary.
  • Limited literacy in a native language (L1) can make literacy in a second language (L2) more difficult.
  • On average, ELL students fall far behind their non-ELL peers in academic achievement.
  • ELL students face heavy expectations to pass standardized tests to graduate, despite their language barrier.
  • ELL students may not understand cultural norms or classroom routines such as raising your hand or brainstorming.

Sources: ChildTrends.org; Understanding Learning and Attention Issues in ELLs by Shea Dean; ColorinColorado; NEA; The Academic Achievement of English Language Learners by David Murphey PhD; Getting Started with English Language Learners by Judie Haynes

In our ESOL concentration, you’ll be prepared to assist students with English language acquisition, as well as support their overall academic achievement. You’ll learn:

  • The skills needed to teach English to speakers of other languages.
  • How to develop curriculum materials in ESOL.
  • How to assess student proficiency in second language use.
  • How to involve parents and the community in second language education programs.
  • Linguistics and PreK-12 teaching and learning.
  • Multicultural counseling and intercultural communication.
  • First and second language acquisition processes.

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where a Master's degree in education focused on ESOL could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • 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, and national policymakers
  • Advisor: NGOs, governments, and large international corporations
  • Curriculum director, programs for English language learners
  • Division or department chair

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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