Department of Educational Specialties
ESL and Bilingual Education - Bilingual, Master of Education
The ESL graduate certificate prepares candidates for a career as an English as a second language (ESL) classroom teacher, ESL resource teacher, or a teacher responsible for providing ESL instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. Candidates gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions for developing ESL skills across reading, writing, and listening, and for involving community and families as partners. They will also leave the program with a historical perspective of English learners in the U.S. Candidates will develop specific skills for assessing English learner proficiency and content area knowledge, and knowledge of various program models. They will become familiar with current research in ESL instruction, and understand how theory can be structured in classroom practice to develop the oral language and literacy skills of all students.
This program is nationally recognized by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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What Can I Do with a Master of Education in ESL and Bilingual Education - Bilingual?
Are you preparing to become a teacher in the Southwest or another multicultural area? Do you want to gain the skills necessary to serve students from different backgrounds? If so, this program can help prepare you to serve bilingual and multicultural students in the classroom.
Our degree program prepares you for a career as a bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) classroom teacher, bilingual or ESL resource teacher, or a teacher responsible for providing bilingual or ESL instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. The demand for such skills is growing across the country. You must demonstrate intermediate language proficiency in a second language if you want to teach in bilingual settings. Our program can also help you meet the Arizona Bilingual Endorsement requirements.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Bilingual classroom teacher
- English as a second language teacher
- Bilingual or ESL instructor support mainstream classroom or special settings
- Curriculum specialist
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To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Candidates in this program of study are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to enroll in the fieldwork and capstone courses. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following courses:
- BME 530, BME 631, BME 634, BME 637, BME 608, and BME 698
- A portfolio of sample work that demonstrates proficiency on TESOL professional standards, and through a passing score on a comprehensive examination
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This program may lead to licensure.
Our degree program prepares candidates for a career as dual language or immersion teacher or as a teacher responsible for providing dual language instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. Candidates gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions for developing dual language skills across reading, writing, and listening, and for involving community and families as partners. They will also leave the program with a historical perspective of bilingual education in the U.S. Candidates will develop specific skills for assessing bilingual learner proficiency, home language proficiency, content area knowledge, and knowledge of various program models. They will become familiar with current research in bilingual and ESL instruction, and understand how theory can be structured in classroom practice to develop the bilingualism and biliteracy of all students.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Know, understand and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language
2. Apply major theories and research to help English language learners develop language and literacy and achieve in the content area.
3. Know, understand and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
4. Know, understand and apply concepts, research and best practices to plan classroom instruction for ELLs.
5. Demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment.
6. Use a variety of standards-based language proficiency instruments to show language growth and to inform their instruction.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- Teaching certificate (if the applicant has one)
Take the following 30 units:
Required Courses (18 units)
- Select one course from: BME 545, EDR 610, EDR 611, EPS 525
- Select one course from: EPS 596, EPS 610, EPS 611
Electives (6 units)
Select at least two courses from**:
**If you have not completed a Foundations course prior to admission to this program, then you must complete one of EDF 500, EDF 670, EDF 671, EDF 672, EDF 673, or EDF 677. Other suitable electives may be substituted with the advisor's written approval.
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
At least 50% of your courses must be at the 600-level or above. A maximum of two 400-level courses may be taken for graduate credit in the program of study. In addition, you must be admitted to this degree program before finishing your first 12 units of graduate work.
Please be aware that if you wish to meet the requirements for a Bilingual Endorsement - Arizona Department of Education, you may, through careful planning with your advisor, earn this endorsement within your master's degree plan. Students seeking this endorsement must meet its coursework requirements by including:
- 3 units of Linguistics
- BME 531 (or an equivalent course approved by the advisor)
- Documentation of their language proficiency by means of the Spanish Proficiency or Navajo Language Tests or by proper evidence from Tribal authorities or the Modern Language department.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.