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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

Teaching English-Language Learners (Grades K–12) - MS in Education


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This 30-semester-credit specialization is designed to help educators understand and support the unique needs of the rapidly growing population of English-language learners (ELLs) in K–12 classrooms. Informed by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards, this specialization explores the most current research, models, and practical strategies for working effectively with students whose first language is not English. Teachers learn how to adapt their instruction and materials to provide equitable and differentiated learning experiences for ELLs in regular classroom settings. Methods focus on teaching English as a second language as well as teaching content to English-language learners. This specialization also addresses ways in which teachers can enhance collaboration between ELL families and school staff members and better provide assistance and resources to meet the needs of these students.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the role of culture in language development and academic achievement into planning that supports student learning.
  2. Integrate major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the role of culture in language development and academic achievement into planning that supports student learning.

Degree Requirements


  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters’ enrollment

Specialization Curriculum


Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification


This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.