Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in ELL/ESL and bilingual is embedded in the Curriculum and Instruction program. It is explicitly focused on developing teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools and districts, as well as 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. This program further cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.
Graduates from the master of arts in curriculum and instruction with ESL and bilingual endorsements program will be 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.
The ESL curriculum and instruction master of arts degree 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 in the ESL/Curriculum and Instruction program:
Throughout the program, candidates will be required to integrate their new knowledge, skills and instructional practices into their current educational settings. At the completion of all coursework, candidates for the master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction 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.
The ESL and bilingual endorsement program is aligned with TESOL standards.
Upon completion of the ESL strand of the master of arts in curriculum and instruction, candidates are ready to sit for the Content Test in English as a Second Language. Completion of this requirement makes the candidate eligible for the ESL endorsement to be attached to an existing Standard Teaching Certificate offered by the State of Illinois.