Language Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Foreign Language Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
  • Online
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree


Attention: The requirements for the 30-credit non-certification Ed.M. in Language Education programs (both on-campus and online) have changed, effective fall 2020. Any new admissions starting spring 2021 or later should consult the new Ed.M. in Language Education requirements: on-campus program; online program.

Current students enrolled in the Ed.M. in Language Education program who began the Ed.M. program on or before fall 2020: you have the option of following either the new or old program requirements. Please contact Christelle Palpacuer Lee and Matt Winkler if you have any questions.

The Ed.M. in Language Education is designed to extend and diversify the professional preparation of certified teachers who seek to enhance their instructional skills and knowledge.

This non-certification Ed.M. program 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.

These specializations are also available for those seeking endorsements (not initial) certifications:


Those seeking initial certification should explore the Ed.M. program with certification in:


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by February 1 for fall admission and by November 1 for spring admission.

Program Requirements

The program 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.

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.

For information regarding the online Language Education program, a complete listing of degree requirements for the online program is also available for download.

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