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English as a Second Language, Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

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A look into any public school classroom across the state or nation would reveal a variety of learners with specific needs. It is a common occurrence for a highly gifted English speaker, a special needs student, and students whose first languages may reflect Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili (to name a few) to be working together. The multi-lingual classroom is now typical instead of unique. The challenges posed by the classroom structures and populations require teachers to gain knowledge and understanding while developing expertise in the areas of second language acquisition, appropriate strategies and models for effective instruction, assessment tools and accommodations, and literacy frameworks, practices, and overall language learning. In addition, today’s classrooms require educators to become skillful examiners in order to conduct classroom action research that leads to improved practice and teacher efficacy. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in English as a Second Language is delivered online.
This online licensure-based program, offered by the Womack Educational Leadership Department and leading to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in English as a Second Language is designed for: a) candidates seeking the master’s degree with Add-on Endorsement in ESL, b) candidates seeking the Initial Professional License in ESL, and c) candidates seeking the Add-On Endorsement in ESL (without degree).

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration and licensure in ESL focuses on preparing professional educators to meet the needs of students who are currently enrolled in U.S. public school classrooms in grades PreK-12. These populations may include students who represent immigrant populations, newly arriving non-English speakers, children of immigrants, and diverse populations with a variety of language and learning needs. The program is designed specifically for teachers and those who plan to teach second language learners in multilingual classrooms within the U.S.

Coursework is aligned with the Tennessee Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards for ESL and the CAEP Standards and Professional Dispositions for public school educators. The program takes a literacy-based approach to teaching ELs and is grounded in state and national education initiatives. The program is revised on an ongoing basis to reflect current practice.

This program is delivered online and does not prepare candidates to work exclusively with adult learners in EFL settings.
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration and Licensure in ESL offers preparation to candidates to teach in public schools, private schools, and faith-based learning environments. The program also seeks to prepare teachers to work with early learners who are also second language learners in preschool settings, nursery school settings, and early learning classrooms. Candidates who successfully complete the program meet requirements for the Pre-K through 12th grade professional license in ESL.

In addition to teaching in public, private, faith-based, and preschool classrooms, the program enables graduates to pursue the following careers:

Adjunct professor
Curriculum writer for PreK-12
ESL curriculum design for PreK-12
ESL instructional consultant
ESL instructor
Faith-based ESL coordinator
Faith-based ESL teacher (missionary)
Lead teacher in ESL
PreK ESL coordinator

Employers of MTSU Alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

Public Schools - Tennessee

Bedford County Schools
Cannon County Schools
Coffee County Schools
Dekalb County School District
Franklin County Schools
Franklin Special Schools District
Giles County Schools
Hamilton County Schools
Knox County Schools
Lawrence County School District
Lebanon School District
Lincoln County Schools
Marshall County School District
Maury County School District
Memphis School District
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Moore County Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Robertson County School District
Rutherford County School District
Shelby County Schools
Smith County School District
Tullahoma School District
Warren County Schools
Williamson County School
Wilson County School District

Public Schools – Outside of Tennessee

Boston Public Schools
New York City Department of Education

Private Schools

Franklin Road Academy
The Webb School


Cumberland University
ELS Nashville
Grand Valley State University
International English Institute
Middle Tennessee State University
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee State University





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