• TESOL Endorsement

    The growing number of English learners in our schools makes the TESOL endorsement a valuable addition to your teaching qualifications and experience.

    Admission Requirements        

    Financing Your Endorsement 


    By completing the following coursework and passing the Praxis II ESOL test, candidates will qualify for the TESOL Multi-Age Endorsement while earning the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree.  

    Course Descriptions

    EDU 511 - Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)     

    The focus of this course is on exploring access, instruction, and curriculum development with regard to past, present and future strategies. Emphasis is placed on integrating theoretical and practical dimensions. Multiple conceptual frameworks for developing curriculum and reflective inquiry will be investigated. 

    EDU 515 - Assessment Practices (3 credits)       

    This course is designed to aid the educator in interpreting and utilizing assessment data as applied in educational settings. Formal assessment and informal assessment will be studied. Emphasis is placed on how to assess within the classroom, how to apply assessment results to teaching, and how to use published research to improve student learning. 

    EDU 546 - Instructional Decision-Making (3 credits)      

    This course provides opportunity to assess instructional models used in the classroom. Students will evaluate instructional methods and resources to enhance instructional decision-making. Topics include integration of content areas with new curricular materials and resources, development of new teaching strategies for emerging curricular models, and development of instructional procedures for students such as grouping strategies, learning outcomes and implications for diverse populations.  

    EDU 560 - Research Methods in Education (3 credits)      

    This course will focus on basic types or research conducted in education, including both quantitative and qualitative, as well as procedures for analyzing data for each type of research. Students will be able to identify and understand good research and to develop action research to move theory to practice. Prerequisite: EDU 515 or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have completed EDU 561. 

    EDU 596 - Internship: Theory into Practice (3 credits)      

    This internship may be completed in the candidate’s school, but may require up to two days of observation and work in another school (depending on the demographic composition of students and faculty in the home school). Individualized assignments related to curriculum, instruction, assessment and diversity will allow the candidate to observe student dissimilar to those he or she teaches daily and to demonstrate knowledge of and skill in content areas and pedagogy. Prerequisite: Admission to Internship and completion of core. 

    EDU 584 - Seminar in Teaching and Learning (3 credits)      

    This course will be a topical seminar focused on current trends in teaching and learning and will involve initial development and design of the Professional Teaching Portfolio. Prerequisite: Completion of Core. 

    EDU 625 - Portfolio Development (3 credits)      

    This course will guide candidates in the development of a professional portfolio. The portfolio is a performance based assessment designed to evaluate the complex knowledge, skills and dispositions of teaching described in the program standards.  Prerequisite: EDU 584. 

    TSL 500 - TESOL Foundations  (3 credits)   

    An introduction to TESOL, including its history, current research, and public policy issues and their relation to instructional practices. Consideration of issues such as partnerships and advocacy in TESOL, professional development through research, and collaboration. Also an orientation to the MA TESOL program, portfolio development, and NCATE standards. Includes 40 hours of field experience. Must be taken in the candidate‘s first nine (9) hours in the program.  

    TSL 520 - Language Acquisition and Development  (3 credits)   

    Theories of first and other language acquisition, processes of language and literacy development, and their application to TESOL. Topics include language in the classroom and at home; cognitive, affective, and personal variables related to language learning; and dimensions of language proficiency. 

     TSL 530 - The English Language  (3 credits)  

    An introduction to the sounds, forms, structures, meanings and uses of English. Topics include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Includes application to teaching ESOL, both written and spoken, for a variety of settings and purposes. 

     TSL 540 - Cultural Diversity and Education  (3 credits )  

    A study of the nature, role, and content of culture, especially in relation to education. Topics include major cultural concepts, interaction between language and culture, and multicultural education. Consideration of ESOL students‘ cultural identities, language and literacy development, and academic achievement. Includes 20 hours of field experience 

    TSL 560 - Instructional Methods in TESOL  (3 credits )   

    Introduction to standards-based methods for planning, implementing, and managing ESOL and content instruction. Topics include classroom organization and strategies for developing and integrating English language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and for accessing core curricula. Includes 100 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: TSL 500-540.  








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