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M.A. in English as a Second Language

Help K-12 students learn English while preparing for licensure.

Develop your understanding of how other languages and cultures impact learning and help your students learn English reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The curriculum of the M.A. in English as a Second Language positions you as a teacher leader who creates educational environments that support learners from diverse backgrounds.

 

The Master of Arts in English as a Second Language program, offered on Saint Mary's Twin Cities Campus, is a great fit for either established or new teachers in Minnesota. Minnesota teachers who already hold licensure can complete the requirements necessary to add a Minnesota K–12 ESL license to their credentials. Those who have their bachelor’s degree and are seeking a Minnesota teaching license for the first time will prepare for licensure while focusing on ESL.

 

Licensure preparation involves varying requirements depending on your background. Initial licensure seekers will complete additional foundational education coursework including curriculum design, educational technology, classroom management, instructional techniques, and much more while pursuing the initial ESL license.

 

In addition to classes, coursework includes field experiences in EL classrooms to facilitate opportunities for EL teacher candidates to practice hands-on teaching skills. Initial licensure seekers will also complete a student teaching component under the guidance of a cooperating mentor teacher and university supervisor.

Courses1

Standards of Effective Practice (23 credits)

EDUC511 Educational Measurement and Assessment: 5-12 (2 cr.)
EDUC515 Foundations of Education (2 cr.)
EDUC517 Learning, Development, and Exceptionality (3 cr.)
EDUC525 Curriculum and Instruction: Grades 5-12 (4 cr.)
EDUC534 Technology in the Classroom: 5-12 (2 cr.)
EDUC565 Human Relations, Cultural Diversity, and American Indian Culture (2 cr.)
EDUC570 Professional Capstone/Portfolio (2 cr.)
ESL560 Student Teaching (6 cr.)

or
ESL570 International Student Teaching (6 cr.)

ESL Courses (27 credits)

ESL600 Foundations of Language and Literacy Development (1-3 cr.)
ESL601 Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)
ESL602 Language and Culture (3 cr.)
ESL603 Reading Instruction for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners (1-3 cr.)
ESL605 Reflective Language Teaching (3 cr.)
ESL606 Methods Instruction for English Language Learners (3 cr.)
ESL607 School and Community Collaborations for English Language Learners (3 cr.)
ESL608 Writing Instruction (3 cr.)
ESL620 International Perspectives and Principles of Second Language Teaching (3 cr.)

Master's Completion Courses (5 credits)

ESL614 Contemporary Immigrant Literature (1 cr.)
ESL617 Researching Critical Issues of English Language Learners (2 cr.)
ESL618 Research Paper and Presentation (2 cr.)

Program Options

M.A. degree with initial teaching licensure: This degree option allows students without teaching credentials to prepare for initial teacher license while also preparing for Minnesota English as a Second Language licensure. Take all of the above listed courses for a total of 55 credits.


M.A. degree with additional licensure: This degree option is for currently licensed teachers who plan to seek Minnesota English as a Second Language as an additional licensure upon completion of the program. Take the classes listed above except for the Standards of Effective Practice Courses, for a total of 32 credits.


M.A. degree without additional licensure: This degree option is for currently licensed teachers who do not plan to seek Minnesota English as a Second Language as an additional licensure upon completion of the program. Take the classes listed above except for the Standards of Effective Practice Courses, for a total of 32 credits.


Upon completion of the M.A. in ESL, you will be able to:


  • Employ a variety of methods, techniques, and program models suitable for second language instruction with diverse learners, including adapting existing materials.
  • Facilitate full inclusion of students with limited English proficiency in the school setting.
  • Communicate successfully with students, parents, colleagues, and community members
  • Develop communication instruction in the second language context.
  • Determine student readiness for and appropriate placement in limited English proficiency programs, and to evaluate their progress.
  • Understand how the historical, social, and political aspects of language and cultural patterns in the United States influence second language instruction.
  • Integrate an understanding of English as a second language with an understanding of pedagogy, students, learning, classroom management, and professional development.


A cohort model allows for a small community of graduate students to collaborate and prepare to be effective ESL educators. Additional online instruction and activities supplement these face-to-face interactions. Cohorts are currently offered at our Twin Cities Campus.

Complete the M.A. in ESL degree in two years.

1Courses listed may not reflect all current degree requirements as published in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Course Catalog. Contact an enrollment counselor today for more information about this program.

 

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