Post-Baccalaureate Ed.M. with Certification in English as a Second Language

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • English as a Second Language
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Degree


The Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and who wish to pursue initial ESL certification and a master’s degree in education at the same time. Certificates are recommended only in conjunction with the completion of the requirements for the Ed.M. degree.

The major goals of the program are to provide students with a thorough understanding of:

  • language analysis involving the analysis of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of American English as well as the comparison of similarities and differences between English and other languages;
  • the process of second language acquisition as it concerns the learning of ESL in a classroom context and as it varies by age levels;
  • language assessment and test development procedures as they apply to ESL learning;
  • the social nature of language and its relevance to education;
  • American culture and the principal ways in which it resembles and differs from that of other societies; and
  • techniques of teaching ESL in a classroom setting, specifically those intended to foster student interactions through language activities, based on culturally meaningful situations, which stimulate the acquisition of linguistic and sociocultural skills characteristics in American society.


Applications can be completed online. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 for the fall term. Students are admitted only once a year to the postbaccalaureate program.

Program Requirements

In order to earn the master's degree, individuals must successfully complete the required course sequence, provide proof of satisfaction of the general education requirements and liberal arts credits, and pass the portfolio and comprehensive examination.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Christelle Palpacuer Lee.