Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language

General Description:

Marshall University’s Graduate School of Education and Professional Development offers an ESL licensure program in an online format. The addition of this endorsement allows an individual holding a valid teaching certificate to add an endorsement to teach ESL in grades K-12.


Course Information:

Core Requirements:

EDF 621 Educational Research & Writing
EDF 616 Advanced Studies in Human Development
CIEC 534 Application Software in Classroom Curriculum Area
CI 623 Instructional Models & Assessment Techniques
EDF 612 Educational Evaluation

Area of Emphasis:

CISL 550 Second Language Acquisition
CISL 551 Linguistics for ESL
CISL 552 Intercultural Communication in the ESL Classroom
CISL 653 Methods and Materials: Language Development
CISL 654 Methods and Materials: Literacy Acquisition
CISL 655 Practicum for Teaching ESL (note that this course requires access to ESL students in a classroom setting – 75 contact hours)
ELECTIVE (Advisor Approval)


CI 690 Capstone Experience

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Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements to the elementary or secondary MA programs are:

An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5
A test score from either the Miller Analogies Test (scaled score of 387 or higher) or Graduate Record Exam (combined score of 800 on verbal and quantitative sections).
A completed application form
Official transcripts from previously attended colleges
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Contact Information:

Dr. Nega Debela
Marshall University Graduate College
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Ph: 304-746-8931 or 1-800-642-9842 x 6-8931