Teaching English Language Learners, M.S.

Program Requirements

The Teaching English Language Learners: Preparation/1st Certification master’s program requires 40 credits. This includes two full-time student teaching placements in local urban and suburban schools, including one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level. The Preparation program must be completed full time.

In addition, students with no previous teacher certification may be required to take a series of liberal arts distribution courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements for certification. Many of these are usually fulfilled by previous undergraduate and graduate study, or can be completed after you start your master’s program (but before graduation). These requirements are determined by reviewing your transcripts during the admissions process; contact the department for more information.

The Teaching English Language Learners: Professional master’s program requires 30 credits. Art content and liberal arts requirements will have been fulfilled by existing initial certification requirements. This program can be completed in 10 months of full-time study, or students can choose to study part time while working.

Coursework areas may include:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Methods of Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Issues in Multicultural Literacy
  • Linguistics for Teachers of ELLs
  • Early Intervention for Children’s Reading Problems
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs

All students will also participate in placements corresponding with various methods courses, and will cap off their degree program with a master’s exam, thesis, or special project. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog for the Professional/1st Certification M.S. and the Professional M.S.