TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

M.Ed.

Our world is increasingly interconnected, and the English language is what brings us together. Because demand for English language skills is increasing, the need for qualified instructors here and abroad is increasing as well.

Whether you’re a preK-12 teacher or an instructor working with adult learners, Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree program offers the in-depth knowledge and training to help you teach English language and literacy to the widest range of learners.

Concordia, Nebraska’s 36 credit-hour TESOL master’s program is also a great choice for candidates who want to work outside a traditional classroom: ESL instructors and coordinators are needed in refugee centers and immigrant centers in the U.S. and overseas, and our program also prepares graduates to teach English as a Foreign Language internationally.

*Students seeking Nebraska ESL certification can do so by completing a predetermined 15 hours of coursework in the TESOL program. ESL certification may be possible in other states, based on specific licensure requirements and program approval.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program Goals

Demonstrate understanding of language as a system (including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and semantics) and use this knowledge to support English Language Learners (ELLs) as they acquire English language and literacy in order to achieve in the content areas

Understand major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to first and second language acquisition and development, and the nature and role of culture and cultural groups; based on this knowledge, construct supportive learning environments for ELLs

Support ELLs’ academic success by teaching language through academic content

Commit to professional standards and growth opportunities, and to team-based partnerships with colleagues and students’ families, while serving as community resources and advocates for ELLs

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The next start date for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is Monday, Jan 9.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Courses

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

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    EDUC 524 ESL/ELL Instruction
    3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning.
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    EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
    3
    This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
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    EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
    3
    This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
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    PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    3
    A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
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    EDUC 525 ESL/ELL Curriculum and Assessment
    3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to second language curriculum selection, evaluation, and development as well as assessment and evaluation of second language learners.
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    EDUC 623 Linguistics for Educators
    3
    This course provides a rigorous overview of the elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language learning and teaching. The course examines grammars and theories of English, language diversity and change, language acquisition, and philosophy and application of language study and teaching.
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    EDUC 526 Language and Culture
    3
    Language and culture are two multidimensional and constantly changing phenomena that are integrally connected to everything that happens in the world. As any language is culturally conditioned, any culture is linguistically defined. Therefore, the main goal of this course is to examine the relationship between language and culture, as well as their effect on community, identity, beliefs, and values. This course guides the student in directly applying an understanding of language and culture to classroom practice and curriculum development.
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    EDUC 640 Second Language Acquisition
    3
    This course introduces the student to the major theories of second language acquisition, how second language acquisition research is conducted, and the major findings of second language acquisition research that directly impact classroom practice and ESL student learning. The course addresses the different challenges in language acquisition that face young children, older children, and adults, and how those challenges impact ESL pedagogy and andragogy. The graduate student will be required to reflect on various theories and research discussed in the course in order to plan for more effective teaching of ESL students in his/her own instructional setting.
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    EDUC 621 Teaching ESL Writing
    3
    This course examines research-based instructional practices for teaching effective writing skills to ESL students (both child and adult learners), with a particular emphasis on the successful teaching of the writing skills and strategies students need for academic success when writing across a wide variety of genres. Special consideration is given to the teaching of text structure, the teaching of writing cohesion and coherence, and the development of effective error correction in the writing classroom.
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    EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency
    3
    This course will examine recent research-based instructional practices regarding phonics, vocabulary, spelling and fluency. Special emphases include: phonemic awareness, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, decoding, reading practice with decodable text, irregular and high frequency words, fluency, development spelling and comprehension. The graduate student will research current theory, instructional practice and assessment related to each of the word study components within specific literacy developmental stages.
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    EDUC 527 ESL/TESOL Capstone
    3
    This course is designed as a culminating experience for the ESL/TESOL graduate programs. Students are asked to reflect on key areas of learning and application that they have encountered throughout the ESL/TESOL graduate curriculum. The students will also critique and analyze various aspects of their fieldwork experience. All required documentation related to coursework and fieldwork experiences will be collected and reviewed.
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    SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
    3
    This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks
  • The M.Ed. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree is a 36 credit-hour program. Traditional-progression students will take one course at a time and can complete their degree program in 24 months. Fast Track candidates have the option of doubling up courses at three specific times and can complete this program in as little as 18 months.
  • A 45-hour practicum is required for successful completion of the M.Ed. in TESOL degree program. The practicum experience requirement is met by fulfilling hours at various points in the program; all hours must be completed by the end of the capstone course. These hours and experiences will be documented and verified through a portfolio process. K-12 instructors seeking ESL certification must follow state requirements regarding division of practicum hours between elementary and secondary instructional settings.

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$410 credit hour
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