A shortage of well-trained ESL teachers means graduates of this program will find their skills in high demand.
Master of Education in TESOL
As a graduate of the Master of Education in TESOL, often called ESL,, you will be prepared to demonstrate:
- a thorough understanding of English perceived as a second language,
- premier ESL teaching and learning strategies,
- skills in applying theoretical knowledge to practice,
- an awareness of the realities of the multicultural classroom,
- a commitment to continued professional growth.
The TESOL degree includes courses required for endorsement as ESL Program Specialist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, qualifying certified teachers to serve as ESL teachers.
ESL Program Specialist Endorsement
For those educators who do not wish to pursue the full TESOL degree, DeSales offers courses required for ESL Specialist Endorsement as a separate offering.
This program is designed to impart the knowledge and skills to teach English language learners, and is structured to:
- sensitize teachers to the needs of students from various cultures and background,
- thoughtfully examine language and literacy acquisition,
- educate teachers to become reflective practitioners.
The program consists of four three-credit courses:
- ED/ES 507 Teaching Diverse Learners
- ES 535 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition*
- ES 536 Assessing English Language Learners
- ES 595 Linking Language Acquisition and Content
* Pre-requisite course for ES 536 and ES 595 courses
Orientation: New graduate students are required to participate on an orientation offered each session either online or on two Saturdays in the first month of the session.
Orientation to Online Learning: Prior to the first online DSU course for an M.Ed. program, students are required to participate in the orientation to online learning.
Core courses | 9 credits
- ED 501 Educational Research | 3 credits
- ED/ES 507 Teaching Diverse Learners** | 3 credits
- ED 504 Philosophy and Ethics in Education | 3 credits
- ES 535 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition** | 3 credits
- ES 536 Assessing English Language Learners** | 3 credits
- ES/EN 540 Linguistics for Teachers | 3 credits
- ES 545 Multicultural Community Development | 3 credits
- ES 594 Technology and English Lang. Learners |3 credits
- ES 595 Linking Language Acquisition and Content** | 3 credits
- ES 596 Development & Administration of Programs for ELLS | 3 credits
Capstone Course (3 credits)
- ES 600 Capstone Project: TESOL
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ED 600 Critical Issues and Research Seminar
Requirements vary for each concentration/certification.