• MA-English as a Second Language Program Details

    Whether you opt for an on campus experience or engage in our ESL online programs, Hamline School of Education's Master of Arts in English as a Second Language prepares you to maximize your students' language development through effective instruction based on the latest ESL techniques. 

    Required Courses: for all concentrations (29 credits) 

    • Language and Society (4 credits)
    • Linguistics for Language Teachers (4 credits)
    • History of English (1 credit)
    • Basics of Modern English (4 credits)
    • Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
    • Phonetics and Phonology (2 credits)
    • Advanced Linguistic Analysis (3 credits)
    • Research Methodology (4 credits)
    • GED 8490: Capstone Project or GED 8495: Capstone Thesis (4 credits)

    Concentration Areas

    Adult ESL Concentration: (11-12 credits)

    The MA-ESL with the Adult ESL Concentration prepares graduates to teach ESL in community-based ESL programs, Adult Basic Education programs, and colleges, where many immigrant students start their advanced education in the United States.

    • Advocating for English Language Learners (2 credits); or
    • Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (2 credits); and
    • Introduction to the Adult ELL: Developing Reading and Writing Skills (2 credits)
    • ESL for Adults: Oral Skills (2 credits)
    • Course Design for Adult ESL Classes (2 credits)
    • Assessment of the Adult ELL (2 credits)
    • Practicum Experience (1-2 credits)

    K-12 ESL Licensure Concentration: (14-19 credits)

    With a concentration in K-12 ESL Licensure, graduates will be able to teach K-12 and will also qualify for university and community college ESL positions in both the United States and abroad. All teachers must meet licensing requirements in the state where they teach.

    • Advocating for ELLs (2 credits)
    • Testing and Evaluating ELLs (2 credits)
    • Development of Literacy Skills (3 credits)
    • ESL Methods (4 credits)
    • Practicum Experience (1-6 credits)
    • Elective course with a literacy, technology, or cultural focus (2 credits)

    TEFL Concentration: (12 credits)

    Graduates who complete the MA-ESL with a TEFL concentration generally go abroad and teach English for a limited period of time. With their advanced knowledge of language theory and linguistics, graduates will qualify for university and community college positions both in the United States and abroad.

    • TEFL Certificate Course (8 credits); or
    • TEFL Certificate Part I, TEFL Certificate Part II (4 credits each, 8 credits total)
    • Course Design for Adult ESL Classes (2 credits)
    • Assessment of the Adult ELL (2 credits)
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