English as a Second Language

Staged photos of Interprofessional Center students photographed during IPC orientation. Taken August 23, 2007.

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

What you can earn

  • Certificate
  • License
  • Endorsement
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)

When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer Terms

Education Coursework for Licensure

 License, MA, Certificate, and Endorsement (+MA)
Credits

License: 44

MA:        47

Certificate: 12

Endorsement: 23

Endorsement + MA: 31

Required
Courses

For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
SPED 750   Survey of Exceptionality
TEGR 634   Methods and Advocacy for English Language Learners
TEGR 538   Field Experience III:Curriculum & Instruction
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching
ESL Content Courses

For the MA (add the following to the License):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research

For the Certificate:

TEGR 620   Additional Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners
TEGR 628   Literacy and Oral Language Development for Diverse Learners
TEGR 622   Language and Culture for Academic Development
TEGR 634   Methods and Advocacy for English Language Learners

For the Endorsement (add the following to the Certificate):

TEGR 626   Intro to Linguistics for Teachers of Diverse Learners
TEGR 630   Testing and Assessment for Diverse Learners
TEGR 632   Grammar Instruction for Diverse Learners
TEGR 538   Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction
TEGR 665   License Endorsement - Field Experience

For the Endorsement + MA:

TEGR 620   Additional Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners
TEGR 622   Language and Culture for Academic Development
TEGR 626   Intro to Linguistics for Teachers of Diverse Learners
TEGR 630   Testing and Assessment for Diverse Learners
TEGR 628   Literacy and Oral Language Development for Diverse Learners
TEGR 632   Grammar Instruction for Diverse Learners
TEGR 634   Methods and Advocacy for English Language Learners
TEGR 538   Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction
TEGR 665   License Endorsement - Field Experience
CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research
5 credits of Electives

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English as a Second Language Coursework for Licensure

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

How to Apply

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    • Transcript Review: All Teacher Education applicants seeking licensure must have a transcript review completed.  Official transcripts from all previous institutions are required.  Please contact the Teacher Education Department to request a transcript review form.  Email to  barr7879@stthomas.edu
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • International Applicants:
      1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
      2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Special Opportunities

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.

 

Community Partnerships

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.