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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language
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  • Master'sJanuary 25, 2022
  • EndorsementJanuary 11, 2022


Reach the world one student at a time with our top-ranked ESL program

In today’s global economy, English is one of the three most commonly spoken languages worldwide. We live in an era where the need for clear and quick correspondence across all modes of communication is vital. As a result, the demand for professionals who can engage non-English speaking students in the classroom and beyond is at an all-time high—which means quality English language learning programs are in top demand. The Master of Education in English as a second language (ESL) provides the requirements needed for individuals who desire to teach ESL or gain employment in the global workforce.

English as a second language (ESL) teachers help non-English speaking students learn to read, write and speak in English. Teaching ESL enables you to give learners the opportunity to fully engage in professional, academic and civic opportunities, allowing individuals to flourish in their communities.

Trevecca offers a highly respected Master of Education in English as a Second Language degree (M.Ed.) approved by both the Tennessee Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The comprehensive, 100 percent online program is designed to provide the requirements needed to currently licensed teachers who desire to teach ESL or non-licensed individuals who want to pursue a career in international commerce. We also offer an endorsement option for those who are currently not interested in obtaining the master and would like to become certified to teach ESL. Our curriculum equips teachers to develop expertise in language acquisition, appropriate instructional models, curriculum design, culture, assessment, technology and linguistics. Additional program highlights include:

  • In 2019, the educational service group selected Trevecca’s ESL degree as one of the top 50 online English language learning programs in the country. “I attribute this to the fact we are in sync with our students and the landscape of current ESL educational best practices,” says Program Director Dr. Penney Carden. “We consistently listen to student feedback and make revisions when needed to make the overall learning experience the best it can possibly be.”
  • Our faculty includes professors who hold specialized certifications in the field as well as statewide ESL educator awards.
  • Since 2016, Trevecca ESL students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the ESL Praxis exam.
  • Enrollment in the ESL program includes international students from countries such as Holland, China and Canada, allowing for robust and diverse online class discussions.  

Here's what to expect:

Flexibility. The program exists to provide teachers and working adults with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in a schedule and format particularly designed to meet their needs. You’ll complete your degree fully online. And when we say fully online, we mean it! Our program is structured so that you never have to step foot on campus--not even once! No need to show up for tests, weekend requirements or summer intensives. Everything you need is one click away. Books and supplies are delivered to your front door. Study when it’s convenient for you--an hour in the morning over coffee, during your lunch break or after your kids’ bedtime.

Support. Trevecca's cohort model of learning is one of the reasons the school has become the fastest growing university in Middle Tennessee. It’s a highly successful online experience that allows students from various backgrounds and locations to succeed. You begin and complete your degree alongside a group of other online classmates working toward similar goals. Your peers provide the feedback and encouragement needed so you can get the most out of your studies. You won’t feel like you’re on an island. Constant email exchanges and online discussion posts among your group ensure you’ll get the support you need.

Results. Complete your degree in three or four semesters and gain the preparation you need to pass the ESL Praxis exam. You’ll be qualified to teach English as a second language in Pre K-12 settings in either public or private schools. Other career opportunities could include the option to work as an ESL specialist for corporations or organizations who hire internationally and need language training assistance. Graduates also can explore the possibility of teaching ESL overseas or in church or civic organizations that offer classes to immigrants.

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Increase your influence

As today's classrooms become increasingly diverse, the number of students learning English as a second language continues to rise. These students deserve teachers who are dedicated to providing an exceptional education through proven, innovative teaching methods. With an emphasis on practical means of improving student learning, Trevecca's Master of Education in English Second Language (PreK-12) will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective educator in today's shifting culture.  

Completion of this program should enable graduates to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in language acquisition
  • Understand legal and ethical issues
  • Use instructional models based on current research
  • Design and implement curriculum for individuals who are learning English as an addition language
  • Integrate technology to assist student learning

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