Ed.M. with Certification in ESL and Foreign Language Education (K-12)

    Program Overview

    The Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in English as a second language (ESL) and foreign language education is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and who wish to pursue initial certification and a master’s degree in education at the same time. The program’s curriculum covers a range of foundational topics in K-12 education including the principles of classroom learning, evaluation and assessment, educational psychology, and classroom organization, but with specific appreciation for their context in ESL and foreign language education. Students will learn the process of second language acquisition, practice strategies surrounding and develop activities for teaching ESL and the target language, and develop their understanding of English and the target culture and the ways in which they are similar and different. In alignment with the GSE’s mission, all teacher preparation programs and courses are designed to prepare teacher candidates to effectively teach diverse learners by fostering a deep understanding of students from historically underserved linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds and communities. 

    After the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) with endorsement in ESL and Foreign Language Education.  

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    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Feb 1

    Entry Term(s)


    Program Level


    Program Type

    Degree + Teacher Certification





  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Ed.M. with ESL and Foreign Language Education (K-12) Teacher Certification program will graduate with a thorough understanding of the process of second language acquisition, specifically regarding ESL and foreign language learning in a classroom setting. They will study how it varies by age level, and explore language analysis involving the phonology, morphology, and syntax of American English and the target language and examine how they compare with one another. Through completion of the coursework, students will develop techniques for teaching English and foreign languages in a classroom setting and possess comprehensive knowledge of assessment and test development procedures as they apply to ESL and foreign language learning. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be effective practitioners knowledgeable about current research in learning, teaching, and language development, and prepared to make informed decisions about their educational practice.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:

      • 2 no-credit Modules – Completed in the First Summer Semester
      • 59 Graduate Course Credits
        • 13 Credits – Completed in the First Fall Semester
        • 13 Credits – Completed in the First Spring Semester
        • 6 Credits – Completed in the Second Summer Semester
        • 15 Credits – Completed in Second Fall Semester 
        • 12 Credits – Complete in Second Spring Semester
      • Capstone Project
        • All students are required to participate in and present at a poster session during the last semester of their graduate work
      • Oral Proficiency Interview & Written Proficiency Test 
        • All students seeking certification in a language are required to pass an Oral Proficiency Interview in the target language administered by ACTFL. All students seeking certification in ESL are required to pass an Oral Proficiency Interview and a Written Proficiency Test in English administered by ACTFL.

    Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements, liberal arts credits, and complete their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework. Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Graduates exiting the Ed.M. program with ESL and Foreign Language Education Teacher Certification will be prepared for immediate employment as ESL or foreign language education practitioners in New Jersey K-12 public, private, and charter schools. Beyond acting as practitioners helping students learn a foreign language and advance their language proficiency, graduates may also find themselves in educational or language-focused advisory, consulting, and development roles, both within and outside of traditional school settings, serving learners from infancy to adulthood. Examples of such positions might include private tutors, writers, international relations specialists, interpreters or translators, editors, and language coaches.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Passing Praxis Core Test Scores*
      • or Minimum-Passing SAT Scores*
      • or Minimum-Passing ACT Scores*
      • or Minimum-Passing GRE Scores*
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
      • The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline

  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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