Curriculum and Instruction: English as a Second Language

Degree: Master of Arts in Education
Program: Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in ESL
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree with a standard Teaching Certificate


This M.A. in Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree is designed for public school teachers who would like to become certificated in K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL).  Students will be required to fulfill the 12 credit hours of core degree requirements in the MAE in Curriculum and Instruction as well as the concentration in ESL.  Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department. of Education for certification requirements. 


Required Courses (12 hours required) 

TE 800 - Educational Research 
TE 803 - Philosophy of Education  
TE 804 – Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education 
Taken one course from: 
TE 805P – Overview of Assistive Technology 
TE 886P – Technology Tools for Teachers  

English as a Second Language Concentration* (24 hours required)  

Take all of the following:  

TE 825 - English Language Learners (ELL): Culture, Civil Rights, and Advocacy 
TE 826 - Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language 
FORL 800 - Curriculum Development & Research  
FORL 810 - Second Language Acquisition
FORL 870P - TESOL
ENG 803 -Descriptive Linguistics 
TE 816A - Practicum: Education (English as a Second Language)

TE 853A - Improvement of Instruction in Early Childhood Education

* The ESL Concentration Area will qualify an individual for adding an ESL K-12 endorsement to the Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Because of the volume of coursework required, there is NOT a thesis option.


How do I get started?
Program Contact: Holly Peterson
Department: Teacher Education
Email: petersonha@unk.edu
Phone: 308-865-8512
Address: College of Education, Room B114, UNK, Kearney, NE 68849