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  The Graduate School of Education 2019-2021 Master of Education (Ed.M.) Programs with No State Certification Programs in the Department of Learning and Teaching Ed.M. in Language Education  

Ed.M. in Language Education

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The master of education (Ed.M.) program in language education is designed to extend and diversify the professional preparation of certified teachers who seek to enhance their instructional skills and knowledge in one of three specializations: bilingual/bicultural education, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, and foreign language education. The program also serves the needs of individuals who work in settings that do not require certification and are interested in a scholarly exploration of aspects of language education. The goal of the program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the nature of language, the process of second language acquisition, the relationship between language and culture, and successful models of second language instructional strategies. (Note: if certification is needed, see the catalog descriptionfor the Ed.M./Certification Program in ESL or the Ed.M./Certification Program in Language Education in ESL or Foreign Language.)

The Ed.M. program in language education requires a minimum of 30 credits of study beyond the baccalaureate degree. It provides for study in the area of linguistics, language pedagogy, and the cultural context of language education, as well as the opportunity to select courses in elective areas. At the end of the coursework, students must pass a comprehensive examination.


I. Area of Specialization (21 Credits)

Core Courses (18 credits )

15:253:510 Academic English in the Content Areas* (3)

15:253:520 Principles of Language Learning: Second and World Language Acquisition (3)

15:253:523 Language and Culture (3)

15:253:530 Foundations of Language (3)

15:253:537 Language in Society (3)

And one of the following teaching methodology sequences to be approved by adviser (6 credits):

15:253:521 Introduction to ESL/Elementary School Methods (3) AND 15:253:511 ESL Secondary School Methods (3)
05:300:431 Introduction to World Language/Elementary School Methods (3) AND 05:300:432 World Language Secondary School Methods (3)

*Students who have taken 05:300:452 and 453 as part of a five-year or postbaccalaureate initial certification program at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) may substitute those courses for 253:510. Only students who took these courses as part of a GSE initial certification program may make the substitution

II. Electives (9 credits)

III. Comprehensive Examination

Master's students are required to take a comprehensive examination that is offered twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Students are responsible for checking the deadline for exam registration in the department office and submitting the necessary forms to their assigned academic adviser for approval. These documents include a completed comprehensive exam registration form and a recent transcript showing the completion of all required core courses and no incompletes. Information on the exam format is available.

Summary of Credits

Area of Specialization 21

Electives 9

TOTAL 30 Credits

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