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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL (Oregon/Washington only)

Spanish. Vietnamese. Cantonese. Somali. Mandarin. 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. Get your MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL from Concordia and get ready to change someone’s life.

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. Through the core courses and capstone experience, you’ll get a comprehensive overview in addition to specialized knowledge. For Oregon and Washington residents, the full MEd in C&I: ESOL program and practicum or the six courses and one practicum required for the TELL certificate prepare candidates for the TSPC-required ORELA/NES exam. They also meet the content requirements for adding an ESOL Endorsement from TSPC.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by experienced practitioners, Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history. The convenience of on-campus or online classes—paired with realistic deadlines, clearly defined coursework, and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own 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 a lasting impact on the lives of your students.

Step 1 of 3: What type of student are you?

Step 2 of 3: What would you like to study?

Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

Step 3 of 3: Get info about this program

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One year
Earn your MEd on a schedule that fits your life.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
91% of MEd students say that Concordia's Portland campus experience is having a significant impact on their professional development.
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
97% of MEd students say they are satisfied with their academic program experience.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL program will demonstrate skills in:
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



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


MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL (33 Credit Hours)

  • EDGR 502 - Developing Character Through the Curriculum (3)
  • EDGR 535 - Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDGR 595 - Community of Learners (3)
  • EDGR 602 - Contemporary Educational Thought (3)
The core classes of this program may be taken online or on campus, but the concentration courses are only offered on our Portland campus.
  • EDEL 531 - Strategies and Materials for Teaching English-Learners (3)
  • EDEL 532 - Linguistics (3)
  • EDEL 533 - Language and Culture in the Classroom (3)
  • EDEL 534 - Language Acquisition (2)
  • EDEL 535 - Assessing English-Learners (2)
  • EDEL 537 - ESOL Practicum (2)
  • EDGR 601 - Educational Research (3)
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.


  • EDGR 696 - Practitioner Inquiry (3)
  • EDGR 698 - Action Research (3)

Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.


The 3 to PhD® campus is home to our College of Education as well as to urban, diverse Faubion School—and its 800+ pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students. This means that as an MEd student, if you take courses on campus at Concordia, your classrooms are just down the hall from the Faubion classrooms. The College of Education faculty and staff who helped develop 3 to PhD® are innovators in teaching and learning, providing practical application of the latest best practices in education.

A groundbreaking new model of education, the 3 to PhD initiative powerfully demonstrates not only innovation in practice but also compassion in action—a collaborative effort to strengthen the community from the ground up.



Child Learning
Concordia keeps up with the changes in society by providing students with the education and experiences needed to prepare and help them work more effectively.
KAYVONNA STIGALL, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction:
Early Childhood Education '15


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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