2020-21 Catalogs

MSEd in TESOL

MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Master of Science in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages provides students with the knowledge base and practical skills related to English as a Second Language (ESL) acquisition by English language learners (ELLs). The emphasis is on developing proficiency and literacy in English as a Second Language and/or English as a Foreign Language. The program provides practitioners with the skills needed to assess language and implement instruction to improve learners' proficiency for competent second language use.

The MSEd in TESOL is the only degree of its kind in Maine and is designed to accommodate the needs and goals of a wide range of ESL professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, including K-12 teachers, adult educators, and those who teach or want to teach abroad. International students are encouraged to apply. This 30-credit program may be completed in one year with careful planning alongside a faculty advisor and summer or fall matriculation. The TESOL practicum (EDU 623) provides students with numerous and varied placement opportunities and can be completed in the United States or overseas. Many courses are offered fully online or in blended formats.

The program offers courses in different delivery modes, such as online, and on campus.

There are two pathways for the TESOL program:

  1. A format that offers blended and on-campus courses are offered in 15-week format in fall and spring, and one-week and 7-week formats in the summer.
  2. An accelerated online MSEd in TESOL with a special tuition rate offers courses in 7-week format year-round.

This program does not lead to initial K-12 ESL teacher certification in Maine. It does lead to a Maine K-12 ESL endorsement for educators who are already certified to teach in Maine in another content area or grade level.

Program Requirements (30 credits)

First Tier Courses (21 credit hours)

  • EDU 557 Teaching Writing to Multilingual Learners*
  • EDU 558 Content-Based Curriculum for English Language Learners* or,
  • EDU 560 Aspects of Teaching English Language Learners in PreK-12 Schools
  • EDU 559 Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners*
  • EDU 561 Aspects of the English Language*
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom*
  • EDU 563 ESL Testing and Assessment*
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques

Second Tier Courses (9 credit hours)

  • EDU 607 Teacher Research in Literacy
  • EDU 635 Seminar in Second Language Literacy
  • EDU 623 TESOL Practicum (3 credits)

An additional graduation requirement for students pursuing this degree is evidence of a passing score set by the Maine Department of Education on the Praxis Subject Assessment in English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362) if they want to earn the ESL Endorsement from the Maine Department of Education** as well as the completion of our portfolio process. A student may choose to complete the Praxis Subject Assessment in English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362). The passing score set by the Maine Department of Education must be achieved by this student.

All students will complete an online portfolio documenting evidence of meeting professional standards in their areas of expertise. Those who are pursuing certification or licensure must also pass the Praxis Subject Assessment as required by the Maine Department of Education (660 ESL Teacher).

* These courses meet state requirements for endorsement as an ESL teacher, K-12. State endorsement in ESL requires prior teacher certification and a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment exam (5362) for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The master's degree in TESOL does not qualify graduates for Maine literacy specialist certification; however, additional courses may be taken beyond this master's degree to qualify, and EDU 607 should be selected during the MSEd in TESOL for those interested in pursuing this certification. Students should consult with their advisor for more details.

** Students interested in initial K-12 ESL certification in Maine should consider the 36-credit initial certification pathway.

Students should plan to complete First Tier courses before Second Tier courses.

First Tier Courses (21 credit hours)

  • EDU 557 Teaching Writing to Multilingual Learners*
  • EDU 558 Content-Based Curriculum for English Language Learners* OR
  • EDU 560 Aspects of Teaching English Language Learners in PreK-12 Schools
  • EDU 559 Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners*
  • EDU 561 Aspects of the English Language*
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom*
  • EDU 563 ESL Testing and Assessment*
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques

Second Tier Courses (9 credit hours)

  • EDU 607 Teacher Research in Literacy and Language Development
  • EDU 635 Seminar in Second Language Literacy
  • EDU 623 TESOL Practicum