Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in curriculum and instruction with ESL endorsement develops teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools, districts and in the broader global community.
This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. It cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.
Graduates are equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the learning of all students, integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.
This program prepares educators to be effective in promoting student learning and development in the acquisition of English as a new language.
It is designed to help candidates:
In addition to the overall objectives of the Curriculum, Language and Literacy department and its programs, candidates will acquire the following knowledge and competencies:
Throughout the program, candidates are required to integrate their new knowledge, skills and instructional practices into their current educational settings.
At the completion of all coursework, candidates are required to complete a capstone assessment that demonstrates their understanding of content and theory and their ability to apply this new knowledge to practice.
Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in curriculum and instruction with ESL endorsement, is nationally recognized by TESOL through the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) program review process.
Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by NCATE in 1962 and the colleges in which they are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.
The ESL endorsement program is aligned with TESOL standards.