EdM, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages—Licensure Track—Pre-K–6/5–12

Licensure Track

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Licensure Track) Program offers two options to support the preparation of individuals to teach English as a second language (ESL) in US public schools. The first prepares students to become licensed to teach English learners in Pre-K-6 ESL classrooms, and the second prepares students to become licensed to teach English learners in middle/high school classrooms (5-12).

Coursework includes the study of current theory/research related to teaching English learners and the implications for effective language, literacy, and content area assessment and instructional practices in ESL and sheltered English immersion.

The program of study includes coursework in linguistics, language acquisition, assessment and instruction of oral language, reading and writing; sheltered teaching methodologies with a focus on content-area literacy and academic language, and policy issues that influence assessment and instruction of English learners in public schools.

Students complete a pre-practicum in the Fall Semester in a public school classroom and a full-time practicum (student-teaching) in the Spring Semester. Interested candidates who already possess an initial teaching license in another field and who would like to earn the master’s degree and licensure as a teacher of English as a second language also are encouraged to apply and meet with the program director to plan a program of study.

Courses & Requirements

Pre-K–6 Track

Core Coursework (32 cr)

  • SED BI 515 Methods in Bilingual Education & Teaching English as a Second Language (4 cr)
  • SED BI 535 Literacy Development for Bilingual Students: Instruction and Assessment (4 cr)
  • SED BI 620 Educational Issues in Bilingualism (4 cr)
  • SED BI 621 Bilingualism and Biliteracy (4 cr)
  • SED ED 500/501 Foundations of Educational Practices/Lab (6 cr)
  • SED LS 565 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Practicum (8 cr)

  • SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (2 cr)
  • SED TL 580/581 Student-Teaching Practicum I and II: TESOL, Pre-K-6 (6 cr)

5–12 Track

Core Coursework (34 cr)

  • SED BI 535 Literacy Development for Bilingual Students: Instruction and Assessment (4 cr)
  • SED BI 620 Educational Issues in Bilingualism (4 cr)
  • SED LS 565 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED TL 508 Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language (4 cr)
  • SED ED 500/501 Foundations of Educational Practices/Lab (6 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Practicum (8 cr)

  • SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience ( 2 cr)
  • SED TL 582/583 Student-Teaching Practicum I and II: ESL, 5-12 (6 cr)