Course Descriptions

The M.Ed. in TESL program requires successful completion of the following ten (10) courses listed below. A portfolio OR written comprehensive examination is required as the student's culminating experience.


EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice

Deals with an understanding of educational philosophies as the basis for educational practice; with the development of one’s own educational philosophy; and with the use of the philosophical bases to address issues of instruction, (e.g. individual assessment, appropriate communication, and equality in education).

EDUC 998 Language Development and Communication

Considers typical and atypical language acquisitions and development in children. Topics covered include difference between first and second language acquisition, the communication process, the relationship between the language of the school and the language of the community. Implications of ethnic, linguistic, psychological, and cultural differences among children for language learning are explored.

EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation

Focuses on practical research related to students, curriculum, and schools. Research methodology, including technology, is used to improve teaching, learning, and the educational setting. Students complete a content-specific research project related to their designated graduate program. educational setting. Students complete a content-specific research project related to their designated graduate program.


TESL 901 Language Structure: Phonetics and Morphology

An introduction to the universal linguistic properties of sound systems and the basic features of the sound system of English. The rules of word formation and aspects of morphological typology are also examined. English is compared and contrasted with other languages. Note: This course satisfies the M.Ed. in Spanish program requirement of Romance linguistics study.

TESL 902 Language Structure: Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

An introduction to the ways in which words are organized to form sentences and how words and syntactic structure combine to yield meaning. The combining of sentences into conversations to express a range of attitudes and relationships is also covered. English is compared and contrasted with other languages.

TESL 913 Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition

A review of recent research and theories of second-language acquisition and the factors that lead to successful English proficiency in the academic environment. Exposure to standards - based English Language proficiency testing instruments and their purposes relative to identification of competencies and placement of the ELL’s.

TESL 920 Technology in the Second Language Classroom

An exploration of the use of current technologies in teaching and learning in the second language and foreign language classroom. Attention is given to technologies that enhance collaboration, communication, and creativity among learners. Includes the design of lesson plans that incorporate technologies such as Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and other collaborative web-based tools for classrooms.

TESL 936 The Teaching of Second Language Skills

An examination of the theories and sheltered principles for developing the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for second language learners. Special attention is given to second language learners in bilingual or multilingual classrooms. Language assessment instruments are studied. Individual and social variables that affect performance are treated.

TESL 948 Teaching Reading and Writing in the English Language Classroom

An exploration of reading and writing theory and research and their application in shaping and developing literacy skills in English language learners. Balanced reading and writing instruction, specific sheltered English literacy strategies that include vocabulary development, and measures for assessing literacy skills form the core of this course.

TESL 966 Seminar in Applied Linguistics

An advanced seminar whose topics change from term to term. Topics in sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, and conversational analysis are considered. Recent focus: A look at the complex socio-political issue of dominant and non-dominant national languages and prestige foreign languages. The course examines the effects of national policies on local languages and cultures and the role of educational institutions in promoting social unity and cultural diversity. Examples of bilingual, immersion, and integrated models are examined. Particular attention is given to multiculturalism.