English Second Language

Master of Education

Children of immigrants are increasing in number throughout the United States, and the English language continues to be widely used as a second language around the world. How are you preparing yourself to meet these opportunities and challenges? The English as a Second Language specialization will prepare you to integrate communication techniques to successfully instruct students in English proficiency and meet the needs of all of your second language learners. You will also develop the skills and knowledge to put these methods and approaches into practice within the setting of your classroom, school, district and state.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

Course Length

Existing MEd students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor. Once existing MEd students have opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

Course Sequence

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

ED5022/ED5022-8

Educational Policy and Practice

This Master’s level course focuses on research and theory in developing effective schools. Topics include: aligning contemporary educational practice with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, collaboration, communication, decision-making, and conflict management. Current educational trends will be addressed to promote the establishment of effective educational climates for teaching and learning.

Specialization Course 1

ED5001/ED5001-8

Contemporary Issues in Education

This course examines the major contemporary issues impacting education. Students evaluate the issues, attempt solutions, and develop personal professional positions. In a broader context, the education profession is affected by numerous and diverse issues that are highly political, emotional, and complex. It is imperative that students understand the issues; the effects the issues have on the profession, as well as formulating a personal response to the issues.

ED5034/ED5034-8

School and Community Relations

This course introduces educators to essential competencies and considerations needed to build and sustain positive, productive relationships with members of school communities and the external communities in which schools reside. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication policies and practices to instill public confidence in community schools, improve school quality, and improve student learning.

Specialization Course 2

ED5023/ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

The effects of cultural diversity on organizational behavior in an educational environment are complex and powerful. In this course students explore the definition of diversity and the role of schools in achieving a more diverse society. Students also examine perspectives on race, language, culture, gender, and disability in educational settings from a perspective of educational leadership.

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4

ED6002/ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

Foundation Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

Specialization Courses - 24 credit hours, 4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse students

In this course, students will address the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. Students will understand how to adapt instructions to the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to each culture. Topics include: multicultural education, diversity, cultural diversity, the achievement gap, and strategies for diverse learners.

ESL5001-8

Foundations of Instruction for Non-English Language Background Students

This course establishes the rationale for English as a Second Language and bilingual education, preparing reflective practitioners and educational leaders to address issues and concerns critically and analytically in the classroom. It provides a comprehensive survey of bilingual/ESL strategies for non-English language background students while expanding the student's understanding of best educational practice. Students will explore models of bilingual education and language development.

ESL5003-8

Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students

In this course, students will focus on the most pressing needs for teachers of linguistic minority students in an English instructional context. In addition, the course will cover the assessment of English language proficiency for linguistic minority students, and multiple measures for the academic assessment of linguistic minority students in classrooms. Topics include: language assessment tools, scales of assessment, graphic organizers, portfolios, and instructional modifications.

ESL5005-8

English as a Second Language

In this course, students gain knowledge of traditional and current identification and assessment practices in bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in education. The course also analyzes and synthesizes methods and techniques for language, academic assessment, and placement through speaking, reading, interpersonal, and technology of linguistically diverse students in English and native language.

ESL5006-8

ESL and Bilingual Instructional Methodologies

This course focuses on instructional strategies and methodologies for the bilingual-bicultural student. The course covers teaching oral language and literacy skills (reading/writing) and the integration of culture in reading and writing in the content areas. Students will explore teaching in multicultural context for oral language development, adapting and developing lesson designs and materials, facilitating the reading process, coaching the developing second language writer, and strategies for teaching literature.

ESL5007-8

Second Language Acquisition

In this course, students will focus on presenting an overview of the field of SLA and on important practice and research in second language acquisition (SLA). SLA research examines the way in which humans acquire second, third, fourth, etc., languages. Topics include: learner language, summaries of published research on learner language, and the implications of published research for applied linguistics.

ESL5008-8

Building Parent, School & Community Partnerships for ESL Students

In this course, students will master knowledge, skill sets, leadership skills, and competencies to increase family and community involvement in their schools. Students, administrators, and other educational service providers will utilize analytical approaches and strategies to improve communication and minority parent involvement in bilingual education, ESL, ESOL, migrant education, and Title I programs.

ESL5010-8

Practicum for ESL/Bilingual-Bicultural Education

This course will allow students to gain supervised experience teaching English as a Second Language to students. Focus will be placed on the development of effective communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, as well as interpersonal and technology skills. All practicum experiences will be supervised through virtual or web-based activities. This course is highly recommended for students who wish to work with English as a Second Language students in the classroom or for those with limited teaching experience.

Required Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $576
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,728
  • Program cost: $17,280
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

 The Northcentral University Master of Education Program, which is designed to prepare professional educators to become effective leaders, reflective practitioners and successful communicators within the diverse field of education, centering on improving teaching, learning, research and leadership contributions throughout PK-12 Education, is granted Initial Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 24, 2013 – June 24, 2018.This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. To view the Summary of the Case that has been posted on the TEAC website (www.teac.org/membership/teac-members).