Masters - Education: English Language Learner

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Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners specialization program is intended to provide you with instructional expertise and administration skills you could leverage to potentially secure advanced positions in diverse learning environments. If you'd like to learn more about Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners specialization, read on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners specialization program is designed to help you develop instructional and administration expertise and skills that could allow you to pursue positions of leadership within learning institutions. Coursework is intended to provide you with a thorough overview of key principles and practices commonly employed in education, including best-practice techniques for assessing student comprehension, designing effective classroom curricula, and incorporating a variety of instructional delivery methods to address the diverse needs of learners. Intensive instruction in core education concepts is supplemented with lessons in school management and supervision that are designed to prepare you for administration positions. Classes in the English Language Learners specialization give you the chance to develop in-depth knowledge for teaching the English Language, assessing learners' language proficiencies, and instructing culturally diverse students.

How Can I Prepare?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners specialization program requires you to have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Many students also have experience working in schools, literacy academies, and other instructional settings. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners specialization consists of 36 credits: 24 core units and 12 specialization units.

Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners Specialization Requirements

Course Number Course Title
Core Courses
EDU 645 Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology
EDU 673 Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning
EDU 675 Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695 Master of Arts in Education Capstone
English Language Learners Specialization Courses
EDU 629 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners
EDU 642 Understanding & Teaching English Language
EDU 643 Methods, Materials & Technology for Learning a Second Language
EDU 659 Testing & Assessment for English Language Learners

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

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What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Finishing Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - English Language Learners specialization program could equip you with expertise and skills that may allow you to pursue advanced education or administration positions in learning institutions serving English Language Learner students. Having completed the core coursework in the program could also allow you to apply for education jobs that aren't specifically related to English language instruction. Please note, some positions, such as an International English Teacher, may require additional education, training, licensure or certification.

Additional positions that you may be qualified to pursue include:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst