Master of Education in English as a Second Language

The program helps you become a highly trained educator who is ready to meet the challenges of teaching students who are learning English as a second language.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in English as a Second Language is a 39-credit program that offers a rich combination of online learning, classroom practice, learning community sharing, research, analysis, and assessment to build teachers’ knowledge and skills to increase the achievement of students who are learning English as a second language. Online examples are provided to help teachers of every subject and grade level provide appropriate instruction to facilitate listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills in the English language. The program is for teachers of pre-K to grade 12 ESL students.

 

The courses that make up the program curriculum are designed to prepare and strengthen the classroom teacher’s skills by providing the most current research-based and proven educational strategies and knowledge. The curriculum encompasses learning theory, educational foundations, brain theory, best practices, curriculum development, standards, and assessment. The courses in child and adolescent development, special needs, and classroom management provide a framework for how teachers can provide appropriate strategies and environments for all students. Other areas of focus are specific information and practice on methods of ESL; foundations of ESL; teaching of reading and writing; linguistics; and assessment for non-English proficient students. A mentored practicum and portfolio project are included to enable the student to synthesize the knowledge and skills of the program into his/her personal understanding of an effective classroom for ESL students.

 


*A 39-credit program that offers to build teachers’ knowledge and skills to increase the achievement of students who are learning English as a second language.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create and maintain a positive learning environment that will support and increase ESL students’ academic and language achievement.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the process and principles of curriculum design and assessment so they can effectively plan instructional and assessment strategies utilizing the four domains of language among all five language proficiency levels.
  • Develop the ability to collaborate with colleagues in meaningful ways about students and instructional strategies.
  • Analyze the national or state standards that are required and design instruction and instructional strategies that will enable ESL students to meet these standards.
  • Analyze the national or state standards that are required and design instruction and instructional strategies that will enable ESL students to meet these standards.
  • Demonstrate how to communicate effectively with multicultural parents and caregivers about the successes, needs and areas of improvement of all students.
  • Apply their research and analysis skills to design and complete a project that will provide insight on current research surrounding a topic involving ESL students.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate strategies that foster, nurture, and develop ESL skills in students that are within, and outside of, the normal range of child development.
  • Explain and critique the theories of English language development.
  • Be equipped with strategies to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) learners the ability to communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in all content areas such as, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies
  • Incorporate the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) in their curriculum, instruction, and assessment focusing on each of the five language proficiency levels Stages I-V.
  • Design and implement strategies to meet the special education needs of ESL students.
  • Explain the foundation of historical, philosophical, and theoretical education for English language learners in the US.
  • Demonstrate effective professional mentoring to other teachers as they implement ESL strategies in the classroom.
  • View and analyze the work of colleagues and interact with them about the strategies and other classroom matters relating to the ESL learner.
  • Participate in a mentored practicum that enables the ESL teachers to use all the skills of the program to mentor colleagues in online and onsite settings.
  • Apply research and analysis skills to design and complete a research project that provides insights on effective strategies for ESL students.
  • Explain and provide examples of the cultural, social, linguistic, and academic issues of ESL learners.
  • Explain and critique the theories of English language development.

$225

Per Credit

Master of Arts in
Secondary Education

 

EDC500 Power Strategies for Effective Teaching

EDC510 Power Strategies for Classroom Assessment
EDC520 Power Strategies for Improving Comprehension

 

EDC540 Classroom Management

EDC550 Child and Adolescent Development
EDC570 Special Needs Students
EDC572 Foundations of ESL
EDC573 Linguistics
EDC564 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the ESL Classroom
EDC535 Reading and Writing

EDC610-1 Portfolio Project: Research Methods
EDC610-2 Portfolio Project: Action Research
EDC620-2 Mentored Practicum: Onsite

Tuition

 

All master’s level courses are $225 per credit

Example

The cost for a single 3-credit graduate level course is $675.00
($225.00 x 3)

The total cost for a 36-credit master’s degree program is $8,275
($225.00 x 36 + $75.00 one-time application fee + $100 graduation fee)

Fees

Application Fee (one-time)
$75
Graduation Fee
$100
Official Transcript Fee
$10
Late Fee (On Monthly Payments)
$25
Reactivation Fee
$25
Returned Check Fee
$20

*Returning after 12-month or more absence

Who Should Enroll
The master’s degree programs at Acacia University are designed for certified teachers who want to acquire advanced expertise in education. Gain the skills to provide your students with the best learning foundation possible.
Transfer Credits
Acacia University recognizes the prior learning of admitted students by awarding credit for courses at the graduate level, completed at an accredited institution, and documented through official transcript when the credit is applicable to the student’s degree program at Acacia University. As many as twelve (12) credits may be transferred.
If an applicant has earned a degree at another university, credits from that degree cannot be transferred or used for an additional degree at Acacia University.
The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Acacia University. Likewise, credits earned at Acacia University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credits for a graduate degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.

Most Acacia courses require no textbook. For those courses that do require a textbook, it is the responsibility of the student to purchase or rent the textbook prior to the start of the course. Acacia does not sell or lease textbooks. Students may purchase or rent in any format (hardback, e-textbook, new, used, etc.) but must use the assigned edition. Prices at the time of the current student handbook publication are listed here, but are subject to change. Prices listed are from the publisher, however, students may purchase from any source.

More Details

Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each course. Students will not receive official grade reports, transcripts, or be awarded a degree until all financial obligations have been met. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to Acacia University will not be permitted to register for future courses unless special arrangements have been approved through the Finance Office.

Students may pay by check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). International students must pay with U.S. currency. Students whose employers will be invoiced for tuition shall submit a billing authorization form prior to the second week of class in lieu of course payment.

Military tuition assistance (TA) students may be eligible for a deferral of tuition once their DA 2171 Form has been completed, authorized, and received by Acacia University.

Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Acacia University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. Acacia University will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional resources) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
  • Provide a written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Next Steps
If you have explored the website and have other questions, visit the Handbooks and Policies page to download the Catalog and Student Handbook with detailed descriptions of each course in the program.
We look forward to you joining Acacia University.