Master of Education in World and Heritage Language Education with K-12 ESL Endorsement
The MEd program with a specialization in Teaching K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) is a professional degree for individuals wishing to pursue advanced study in the field of teaching and learning English as a Second Language. Completion of the program allows students to become Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialists.
- Program Duration: 2 years over four semesters (Full time) or 3-5 years (Part time)
- Time Commitment: Full time or Part time
- Term of Enrollment: Fall-only for full-time students; Fall/Spring/Summer for part-time students
- Course Requirements: 37 credits
- Format: Most courses are face to face. Some courses are offered online
- Application Deadline: Rolling; priority give to applications received by March 1
- Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required
The program incorporates coursework in both the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading and the Department of Linguistics. Course content emphasizes current theories and methods for teaching and evaluating students as well as curriculum and materials development. Students also complete a practicum experience that requires them to work with K-12 English Learners. **Students who are already employed are able to complete their practicum in their school district.**
Students complete a guided research project on a topic of their choice and must successfully pass the World and Heritage Language Education Comprehensive Exam near the end of their program.
Completion of the program allows students to become Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialists.
Applicants must have their Instructional 1 certification.
Many of our students graduate and teach ESL solely or add ESL to their teaching responsibilities. Some of our students continue their graduate work in either PhD or EdD programs.