Jun 12, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, M.Ed.

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Program Description

The coursework of the M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education program addresses the needs of teachers interested in working with linguistically and culturally diverse non-native English speakers. Students will study theories of language acquisition, cultural implications, strategies that promote cultural understanding, and teaching practices that meet the needs of English language learners. The program content is aligned to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: English as a New Language.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply in-depth, research-supported knowledge of language development and acquisition and cultural and linguistic diversity to design and implement curriculum and instruction for English learners. (I)
  2. Utilize academic theory, standards, and frameworks to guide the selection of content, delivery of evidence-based instruction, enhancement of critical thinking and inquiry, and the development of original research. (II, III)
  3. Develop assessment instruments, select materials, and monitor learning outcomes to enhance the academic development of English learners. (I)
  4. Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional resources, materials, and technology. (VI)
  5. Demonstrate multiple ways to establish and maintain partnerships among school, family, and community, and advocate for the academic and social growth of English learners. (IV)
  6. Engage in ongoing learning and leadership communities to analyze data and instructional practices and conduct research to enhance understanding of new language learners and their academic and social needs across diverse settings. (V, VII)

Course List (34 Semester Credits)

Education and Teaching Core Courses (3 Semester Credits)

Research Courses (3 Semester Credits)


The completion of an internship is not a graduation requirement for M.Ed. in ESL/BL; however, American College of Education offers optional internship courses for students whose state of residence requires the same for endorsement or certification.

  • A separate internship course (EBL5101 - Internship Experience for ESL and Bilingual Education ) will be offered following completion of all coursework for students in states requiring an internship for endorsement or certification.
  • Upon completion of the M.Ed. in ESL/BL degree, students will apply and enroll for the internship course as Students-at-Large.
  • Students will be charged the current tuition rates.


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website [http://www.ace.edu/admissions/programs-by-state].
  • The English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education course sequences are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education as meeting the coursework requirements for endorsements in these areas.

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