Jul 19, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 24 
ACE Catalog - Volume 24 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching English Learners, M.Ed.

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Program Description

This program is intended to prepare educators to be successful in supporting English Learners (ELs) in a variety of school settings. As the EL population expands in schools across the nation, a growing need exists for educators who are knowledgeable and adept in designing and implementing instruction for students who do not speak English as their first language. In addition, teachers of ELs need to be skillful advocates for their students and the programs their schools need to support these students. This requires educators to be prepared to take on leadership roles among their colleagues and to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including students, staff, families and the outside community. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Design and implement appropriate curriculum and instructional practices to enhance knowledge and awareness of language development and acquisition, cultural factors, ethics, and linguistic diversity issues. 

  2. Employ academic theories, standards, and frameworks to direct the selection and integration of content and research-based instructional strategies to support learning English within a discipline.  

  3. Promote the development of language acquisition skills by utilizing assessment instruments, critically evaluated materials, and targeting specific learning outcomes.  

  4. Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional practices and resources, materials, and technology and through the influence of social interaction.  

  5. Construct a framework for establishing and maintaining partnerships between the school, family, and community by advocating for academic and social growth for English learners within civic and global settings.  

  6. Conduct research to heighten understanding of issues facing new language learners, their academic and social needs, by collecting, analyzing, and evaluating instructional practices.  

  7. Support continuous learning while fostering leadership skills through intentionally designed opportunities to engage in professional development.  

Course Sequence (31 Total Semester Credits)

Research Courses (3 Semester Credits)

Education and Teaching Core Courses (3 Semester Credits)


The completion of an internship is not a graduation requirement for M.Ed. in TEL, 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 TEL degree, students will apply and enroll for the internship course as Students-at-Large.
  • Students will be charged the current tuition rates.



  • The M.Ed. in Teaching English Learners program is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as leading to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12 endorsement. The completion of an internship is a OH (TESOL) K-12 endorsement requirement. A separate internship course (EBL5101 - Internship Experience for ESL and Bilingual Education) will be offered following completion of all coursework for students requiring an internship for OH TESOL endorsement.

Other Notes

  • Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they live, and in the state where they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website [http://www.ace.edu/admissions/programs-by-state]. 

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