English Second Language

Master of Education
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English Language acquisition is of extreme importance in today’s global community and English continues to be the common language of commerce around the world. NCU’s master’s degree in English Second Language specialization prepares you to integrate communication techniques to successfully instruct students in English proficiency and to meet the needs of second language learners. You will also develop the skills and knowledge to put these methods and approaches into practice within the setting of your classroom, school, district and state.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Teaching Diverse students

In this course, students will address the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. Students will understand how to adapt instructions to the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to each culture. Topics include: multicultural education, diversity, cultural diversity, the achievement gap, and strategies for diverse learners.


Foundations of Instruction for Non-English Language Background Students

This course establishes the rationale for English as a Second Language and bilingual education, preparing reflective practitioners and educational leaders to address issues and concerns critically and analytically in the classroom. It provides a comprehensive survey of bilingual/ESL strategies for non-English language background students while expanding the student's understanding of best educational practice. Students will explore models of bilingual education and language development.


Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students

In this course, students will focus on the most pressing needs for teachers of linguistic minority students in an English instructional context. In addition, the course will cover the assessment of English language proficiency for linguistic minority students, and multiple measures for the academic assessment of linguistic minority students in classrooms. Topics include: language assessment tools, scales of assessment, graphic organizers, portfolios, and instructional modifications.


English as a Second Language

In this course, students gain knowledge of traditional and current identification and assessment practices in bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in education. The course also analyzes and synthesizes methods and techniques for language, academic assessment, and placement through speaking, reading, interpersonal, and technology of linguistically diverse students in English and native language.


ESL and Bilingual Instructional Methodologies

This course focuses on instructional strategies and methodologies for the bilingual-bicultural student. The course covers teaching oral language and literacy skills (reading/writing) and the integration of culture in reading and writing in the content areas. Students will explore teaching in multicultural context for oral language development, adapting and developing lesson designs and materials, facilitating the reading process, coaching the developing second language writer, and strategies for teaching literature.


Second Language Acquisition

In this course, students will focus on presenting an overview of the field of SLA and on important practice and research in second language acquisition (SLA). SLA research examines the way in which humans acquire second, third, fourth, etc., languages. Topics include: learner language, summaries of published research on learner language, and the implications of published research for applied linguistics.


Building Parent, School & Community Partnerships for ESL Students

In this course, students will master knowledge, skill sets, leadership skills, and competencies to increase family and community involvement in their schools. Students, administrators, and other educational service providers will utilize analytical approaches and strategies to improve communication and minority parent involvement in bilingual education, ESL, ESOL, migrant education, and Title I programs.


Practicum for ESL/Bilingual-Bicultural Education

This course will allow students to gain supervised experience teaching English as a Second Language to students. Focus will be placed on the development of effective communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, as well as interpersonal and technology skills. All practicum experiences will be supervised through virtual or web-based activities. This course is highly recommended for students who wish to work with English as a Second Language students in the classroom or for those with limited teaching experience.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $19,190
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

 The Northcentral University Master of Education Program, which is designed to prepare professional educators to become effective leaders, reflective practitioners and successful communicators within the diverse field of education, centering on improving teaching, learning, research and leadership contributions throughout PK-12 Education, is granted Initial Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 24, 2013 – June 24, 2018.This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. To view the Summary of the Case that has been posted on the TEAC website (www.teac.org/membership/teac-members).