Attention: Concordia University-Portland M.Ed. Students
In partnership with Concordia Portland, we have developed a preferred teach-out partnership for Master of Education (M.Ed.) students. If you are currently in a M.Ed. program at Concordia Portland, you do not need to apply to Concordia Nebraska. For details on this seamless transistion, visit the Concordia Transfer Guarantee page.
The demand for qualified educators teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is increasing in the United States and internationally. With the master’s in TESOL online program from Concordia University, Nebraska, you will acquire the in-depth knowledge and real-world practical preparation you need to effectively teach English language and literacy to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to teach students whose first language is other than English or to teach English as a foreign language in an international setting.
Our TESOL online program can be completed in 24 months by taking one course per eight week term. With the fast track option, you can take two classes at once during three specific terms to complete the program in 18 months.
Throughout the program, you will gain 45 valuable hours of practicum experience, working with students whose first language is other than English. The curriculum allows you to learn from and collaborate with your classmates. As you learn the various theories and practices for teaching English as a second language, you will explore topics such as:
- Curriculum, instruction and assessment
- Elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language teaching and learning
- Language and culture
- Theories of second language acquisition and second language acquisition research
- Research-based educational practices for teaching writing skills to ESL students of all ages
Our master’s in TESOL online degree program meets both Nebraska’s English Second Language Endorsement and TESOL International Association standards. It is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
If you already have a Master of Education degree, you can earn an ESL endorsement. Through the 15-credit ESL endorsement program, you can study how to bridge the language gap for students whose first language is not English. You can complete the ESL endorsement program in 10 months.
If you are seeking Nebraska ESL endorsement, you can complete 15 hours of specific coursework in our TESOL program. If you reside in another state, ESL certification is possible and is based on specific licensure requirements and program approval in that state.
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After earning your degree in TESOL online, you can pursue a variety of careers that involve teaching English to speakers of other languages. One possible career path is to be an ESL teacher. You can also teach English as a foreign language in an international setting. You can teach English to adults who need language skills for a job in the U.S. The skills you gain through the program can also be applied in a job at an immigration or refugee center.
This program requires 45 valuable hours of practicum experience, working with students whose first language is other than English.
If you have a passion for empowering every learner to succeed and wish to share that passion to those whose first language is other than English, then pursuing a career in TESOL may be right for you. The career path can be rewarding as you work with students and become part of their community, whether you are teaching in the states or internationally. Teaching English can help you analyze language and interact with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
Concordia NebraskaTESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Core Concepts
Concordia University, Nebraska's online TESOL master's program gives students the in-depth knowledge and training needed to effectively teach English language and literacy to students from all backgrounds and of all ages whose first language is other than English. The program builds understanding of and value for all cultural backgrounds.
Students will experience 45 hours of practicum, working with students whose first language is other than English.
Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of second language learning and teaching
Students will gain an understanding of curriculum selection, evaluation, development, assessment and evaluation as related to second language learners
Students will explore the research-based instructional methods for teaching writing skills to ESL students of all ages
Students will learn the major theories of learning a second language, how second language research is completed and the major findings of research that impacts classroom instruction and ESL student learning
Build understanding of language as a system (including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics)
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
Commit to professional standards and growth opportunities and team-based partnerships with colleagues and students’ families
Develop understanding of the nature and role of culture and cultural groups in literacy and language
Construct supportive learning environments for ELLs