English as a Second Language

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree for Professional Development or Added Endorsement is offered for practicing teachers who already possess initial licensure and is designed to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, master’s level licensure for teachers and other school personnel, or endorsements in teaching or administration. Students in these programs must possess a collegiate professional or postgraduate professional Virginia license.

This program is designed to enhance the skills of the classroom practitioner in meeting the needs of P-12 English language learners in the public schools.

Admission Requirements
1. Three years experience as a licensed teacher;
2. Submit a completed application for admission;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
5. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;
6. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
7. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;
8. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Program Course Sequence
Required Graduate Courses:

Prerequisite or co-requisite: six credits in a modern foreign language

  • EDCI 546 Evaluation for Instructional Improvement (3 credits)
  • EDCI 580 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
  • EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
  • INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
  • TESL 500 Introduction to English Linguistics (3 credits)*
  • TESL 511A Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Meaning (3 credits)
  • TESL 512 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)*
  • TESL 515 ESL Literacy Strategies: PreK-12 (3 credits)*
  • TESL 530 Second Language Methods: Literacy and Language Skills (3 credits)*
  • TESL 531 ESL Curriculum, Assessment, and Leadership (3 credits)

Select one of the following courses:

  • TESL 502A Sociolinguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)
  • TESL 513 Special Studies in Linguistics and Language Learning (3 credits) – Prerequisite: TESL 500
  • TESL 532 Differentiated Instruction Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)*

*For the endorsement pathway, students have to take EDIC 515-Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum. The endorsement requires a minimum of 18 credits of graduate coursework, plus 6 credits in a foreign language (or in English if the candidate’s primary language is not English). Proficiency in spoken and written English must also be demonstrated. Graduate courses taken at other institutions and approved for the endorsement must be officially transferred into the program. Application for the endorsement pathway is made to the Virginia Department of Education through the school division’s personnel office

Note: Official transcripts showing completion of six credits in modern foreign language course work are required. If a student’s primary language is not English, all six credits must be in advanced English courses.

Documents, Deadlines & Policies

Graduate Admissions

Checksheet: English as a Second Language

Program Policies: Graduate Program Catalog

Questions about the program, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. Jane Huffman
Program Director for Advanced and Non-Degree Programs
Phone: (540) 286-8117
Email: jhuffma2@umw.edu