Curriculum and Instruction (English as a Second Language) (MA)

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The MA program in curriculum and instruction, English as a second language concentration, prepares students to teach English language learners in a variety of settings, including U.S. schools.

The program caters to professionals with a wide range of roles, including both new and experienced teachers, administrators, policymakers and community workers.

Graduate students gain strategies to assist their students in developing ESL skills in reading, writing and listening, and they will learn how to involve community and families as partners.

The program teaches educators specific skills for assessing English learner proficiency and content area knowledge. It also exposes students to various program models and provides a strong foundation for supporting ESL students' language acquisition. Students will leave the program with a historical perspective of English learners in the U.S. and on past and current policy toward ESL.

All program faculty have worked with English learner students, have a good mix of elementary- and secondary-level focus and field-tested research strategies, and are advocates for ESL students.

While the program is an excellent choice for teachers seeking to improve their preparation to work with English learners and includes course work supporting the Arizona ESL endorsement for certified teachers, it does not lead to teacher certification. There is no requirement that students entering the program hold a teaching certificate or seek to obtain one.

Note: This degree is not the same as the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages that is offered through the English department.

Degree Offered

English as a Second Language (MA)


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