EdM, Teaching English as a Second Language—Pre-K–6/5–12

Licensure Track

The Teaching English as a Second Language (Licensure-Track) Program offers two options to support the preparation of individuals to teach English as a second language in U.S. public schools. The first prepares students to become licensed to teach English learners in Pre-K-6 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 sheltered English immersion and dual-language programs.

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)