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Gain expertise in the history and structure of language and its acquisition.  This is a master’s degree for teachers who want to examine models and develop curriculum appropriate to the learning styles and cultures of non-native English speakers.

As you learn to teach ESL, historical methods, language acquisition, best practices, models, materials, and standards for assessing language and content will become valuable tools. This master’s of Education program prepares you to address the factors that affect your students’ academic performance, including hands-on assessments of individuals and groups.

Your ability to teach English as a second language, will be further enhanced by practicing literacy development for English Language Learners (ELL), including classroom instruction practices that promote academic achievement. Your master’s in Education with an area of specialization in TESL will help you communicate with students and parents, and reveal the cultural influences that help you can recognize, appreciate and value individual contributions.

When you graduate, you’ll have documented knowledge of TESL concepts, as well as experience in applying them according to best practices. The combined coursework fulfills Nevada State TESL endorsement requirement and meets INTASC Standards.



Course # Master of Education Credits
ELEC 102*** Online Training 0
TLDR 501 Understanding Teachers as Leaders 3
TLDR 502 Understanding Community Leadership 3
TLDR 503 Understanding Practical Advocacy 3

TEACHING SPECIALIZATION: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Course # Master of Education Credits
TESL 564 Language Development, Structure and Acquisition 3
TESL 562 Developing Curriculum for Non-Native English Speaking Students 3
TESL 563 Methods and Materials for Teaching Non-Native English Speaking Students 3
TESL 561 Assessment Considerations and Non-Native Speaking Students 3
TESL 565 Teaching Language Arts-Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing for English Language Learners 3
TESL 566 Theories of Second Language-Linguistics and Cultural Diversity for English Language Learners 3


Course # Master of Education Credits
TLDR 601 Exploring Applied Leadership 3
TLDR 602 Collaborative Leadership 3
TLDR 603 Leadership in Action 3
TLDR 605 Action Plan Publication(APP) (optional) 5
Total Degree Credits: 38*

*39 with optional TLDR 605
**Prerequisite courses 501/502/503
***ELEC 102 is a required prerequisite for all online TLDR courses.