English as a Second Language
Over the past two decades, the Twin Cities have enjoyed a significant rise in Hmong, Hispanic, Somali and other immigrant populations. Since 1979, the number of children speaking a language other than English at home has grown by more than 150 percent. To meet this growing need, the University of St. Thomas is offering an opportunity for licensed teachers to earn their Master of Arts in Teaching with an Endorsement in English as a Second Language. In this program, you will:
- Explore second language acquisition and development
- Study bilingualism
- Understand language universals
- Examine sociolinguistics
- Evaluate the roles culture and society play in the acquisition of ESL
|License, MA, Certificate, and Endorsement (+MA)|
For the License:
TEGR 510 Education's Place in Society
For the MA (add the following to the License):
CIED 500 Principles of Educational Research
TEGR 626 Intro to Linguistics for Teachers of Diverse Learners
TEGR 620 Additional Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners
|K-12 ESL Content Area Requirements|
|Candidates seeking ESL licensure must provide documentation of world language coursework. A minimum of 2 years of high school level or 1 year of college level in a single language is required.|
|TEGR 620 Additional Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners|
|TEGR 622 Language and Culture for Academic Development|
|TEGR 626 Introduction to Linguistics for Teacher of Diverse Learners|
|TEGR 628 Literacy & Oral Language Development for Diverse Learners|
|TEGR 630 Testing and Assessment for Diverse Learners|
|TEGR 632 Grammar Instruction for Diverse Learners|
- Candidates for this degree have:
- A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.
- Proficiency in verbal and written English
- A commitment to serving ASD students in diverse community settings
- Submit the following application materials:
- Application form
- Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
- Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
- Personal statement.
- Submit the supplementary materials:
- Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
Ongoing Professional Development
Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.
Mentored Clinical Practice
The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.
The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.