Master of Education for Experienced Teachers, M.Ed.

English as a Second Language (K-12)

The focus of the specialty area is English as a Second Language (K-12) and is designed for currently licensed teachers seeking both a Master’s Degree and ESL licensure. Teachers choosing this option must complete the entire program and take the ESL Praxis II exam. The program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework, which includes five required core courses, four required specialty courses, and one elective. Teachers who successfully complete the program requirements can earn a M.Ed. and the recommendation for master’s level licensure, ESL K-12.

The ESL specialty prepares educators with curriculum development and instructional and leadership skills to support language minority students in their English language development and acquisition of academic knowledge. The program is based on a sociocultural framework that recognizes the funds of knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and emphasizes additive and research-based instructional practices, the importance of native language maintenance, educational equity, and social justice goals. Candidates will also develop and refine skills related to advocating for language minority students in schools and working collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams with classroom teachers and other professionals, parents, educational leaders, and policy makers.

Additional Requirements for ESL Applicants

  • If seeking Master's level licensure, initial licensure as a teacher in North Carolina in any area and grade level is required.
  • One year of teaching experience or work with language minority students in any U.S. school, public or private, not necessarily in North Carolina. Teaching assistance and student teaching experience may also be considered depending on the nature of the work.
  • Expectation of a contract to continue teaching English language learners in North Carolina in an ESL or any other content or specialty area, or in a self-contained classroom.
  • International or non-native English speakers must provide evidence of having completed an undergraduate degree program in an English-medium institution of higher education, or provide TOEFL scores. The minimum acceptable TOEFL scores for the MEDX ESL program are:
    • Paper-based = 60
    • Computer-based = 50
    • Internet-based = 100
  • International or non-native English speakers seeking teaching licensure in ESL must provide a score of Intermediate High or better on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) (Note: A score of Advanced Low or higher on the OPI is preferred for admissions since any student who is accepted with a score of Intermediate High will have to co-create a proficiency plan and will be required to re-take the OPI during the MEdX program)
Program of Studies

2014-2016 Cohort