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M.Ed. in TESOL (Adult Education/Collegiate) - Required Courses

Required during first semester

  • EDUC 500 Online Orientation (0)
  • UNIV LIB Information, Research, and Resources (0)

Fall I

  • ETSL 525 Language Teaching Approaches and Practices (3)
  • ETSL 550 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to Adults (3)

Spring I

  • ETSL 560 First and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • ETSL 570 Teaching Reading (3)

Summer I

  • ETSL 510 Linguistics (3)
  • ETSL 565 Teaching ESL/EFL Speaking and Listening (3)

Fall II

  • ETSL 555 Teaching Grammar and Writing to ESL/EFL Learners (3)
  • Elective (3)*

Spring II

  • ETSL 590 Roles and Responsibilities of the ESL Specialist (3)
  • ETSL 545 Language, Culture, and Pedagogy (3)

Summer II

  • Elective (3)*

*Available electives include:

  • EDIP 540 Philosophical Foundations in Education (3) - Fall, Spring, Summer
  • EDIP 543 Technology for Education (3) - Fall, Spring, Summer
  • ETSL 505 Serving English Lang. Learners in K-12 Classrooms (3) - Fall
  • ETSL 530 Teaching English Language Learners Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3) - Fall
  • ETSL 540 Multi-Cultural Education (3) - Fall, Spring

Total 33 credits


M.Ed. in TESOL (Adult Education/Collegiate) - Course Descriptions

EDUC 500 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform off which online classes are launched.

EDIP 540 Philosophical Foundations in Education (3) Historical, political and philosophical foundations of education. While focused on U.S. education, emphasis on generalized principles and issues makes it relevant to all nations. Establishes a philosophical foundation of education and surveys various worldviews that affect education today.

EDIP 543 Technology in Education (3) Increase learning and learner success by designing educational events that use instructional technology. Covers three basic areas of technology integration: planning, implementation and evaluation. Does not cover specific applications. Within this framework, various technologies and tools will be investigated for the purpose of determining which are best suited for particular instructional situations. Discusses broader issues regarding the usefulness and effectiveness of technology integration in education. The ultimate goal is to create a plan to integrate technology in your educational setting.

ETSL 505 Serving English Language Learners in K-12 Classrooms (3) This course is designed to prepare teachers to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 classrooms.  The course is appropriate for prospective and current ESL teachers and general classroom teachers.  

ETSL 510 Linguistics (3) Provides an introduction to the study and analysis of phonology (sound), morphology (word formation) and syntax (grammar) in human language. Focuses on English, but comparisons will be made to other languages.

ETSL 525 Language Teaching Approaches and Practices (3) An overview of historical and current approaches to language pedagogy, as well as current issues and perspectives pertaining to teaching adult ESL/EFL learners.  Principles of integrated skill instruction and techniques for teaching speaking and listening will also be addressed.  The course serves as an introduction to the field of TESOL for those pursuing the adult learning track.

ETSL 530 Teaching English Language Learners Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3) Preparation for developing ESL students’ literacy skills in the content areas. Attention will also be given to grammar and the other language modes. Prerequisite: ETSL 520.

ETSL 540 Multi-Cultural Education (3) Overview of principles and practices for providing effective instructional programs for linguistically and culturally diverse student populations. Explores current issues in multi-cultural education, with an emphasis on the second language learner and TESOL curriculum development. Includes examination of socio-cultural variables in the instructional setting. Cross-listed with UIS 440.

ETSL 545 Language, Culture, and Pedagogy (3) Sociolinguistic considerations and their impact on ESL/EFL service delivery.

ETSL 550 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to Adults (3) Designed to equip the learner to teach ESL/EFL learners in college, business, private tutoring and/or adult learning settings. Practical application to teaching situations in overseas and U.S. contexts is emphasized.

ETSL 555 Teaching Grammar and Writing to ESL/EFL Learners (3) Methodology for intensive grammar instruction in English as a second or foreign language.

ETSL 560 First & Second Language Acquisition (3) Review of research findings regarding child and adult first and second language acquisition with emphasis on the second-language learner and TESOL curriculum development, including identification and analysis of cognitive, affective, socio-cultural, and educational factors. Cross-listed with UIS 460.

ETSL 565 Teaching ESL/EFL Speaking and Listening (3) Methodology for oral language instruction in English as a second or foreign language.

ETSL 570 Teaching Reading (3) Demonstration and examination of selected techniques and materials for teaching reading to non-English speakers. Range levels will include intermediate to advanced.

ETSL 590 Roles and Responsibilities of the ESL Specialist (3) This course provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of ESL Specialists in various settings.  Areas of focus include service delivery options, current trends and issues, and collaboration with colleagues to enhance instruction for English language learners.  Participants will complete a field experience as part of this course.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.

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