MA, English as a Second Language

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Concordia University Chicago offers an MA in English as a Second Language designed for educators who wish to pursue a program with a robust concentration in teaching and learning ESL/ESOL to become an accomplished ESL/ESOL teacher. This program leads to Illinois licensure in ESL and Bilingual Education.

Graduates from the Master of Arts in English as a Second Language will be equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. Coursework leads to the ESL and/or Bilingual endorsement(s). The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the languages of all students, integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.

Candidates will:

  • understand the linguistic and cultural basis of teaching emergent bilingual students
  • develop multicultural competence
  • learn to effectively teach students for whom English is an additional language
  • become a resource person for curriculum development

Upon completion of the ESL coursework in the MA in ESL, candidates may contact the Office of the Registrar to become eligible to receive the ESL add‐on endorsement to their state teaching license through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Candidates from other states should contact their State Board of Education to determine the applicability of this endorsement to their state requirements.

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