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Professional Development: M.Ed.
Second Language Education

Earn your master of education.

This is a practitioner-based, on-campus program designed for experienced second language teachers who already hold a teaching license and want to advance their careers and leadership capacity.

If you do not have a Minnesota teaching license, you can earn it in our Initial License and M.Ed. in Second Language Education program.

Number of credits: 30

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)
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What you'll learn

Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Core curriculum (30 credits):

  • CI 5155 Contemporary approaches to curriculum: Instruction and assessment
  • CI 5177 Practical research (towards end of program)
  • CI 5186 School-Related Projects (at end of program)
  • CI 5351 Technology tools for educators or other technology course selected in consultation with adviser
  • CI 5651—Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education
  • CI 5656—Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms
  • CI 5662—Second Language Curriculum Design
  • One course on assessment: either CI 5642—Assessing English Learners (3 cr.) [required for ESL teachers] or CI 5658—Foreign Language Testing and Assessment (3 cr.) [required for world language teachers]
  • Electives – 6 credits
    Recommended electives include CARLA summer institutes or other courses selected in consultation with adviser, such as:
    • CI 5641 Language, Culture and Education
    • CI 5648 Advanced Practices in Teaching Academic Language
    • CI 5657 Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms

School-Related Project: At the end of the program, you will design and implement an independent project in the school, using concepts learned in our program. Your project will culminate in a 20-30 page paper, resulting from approximately 120 hours of work. Final projects are assessed with this rubric.

*Example final projects:

  • A high school ESL teacher writes a new curriculum unit, teaches the unit and collects feedback via an anonymous written survey of students, or written or oral feedback from colleagues, or self-reflection by keeping a journal during the course of writing and teaching the unit. The teacher then writes a meta-reflection on the process. What went well? What could be changed? How did M.Ed. coursework inform the design of the unit? (May involve IRB approval)
  • A Spanish middle school teacher designs an integrated performance assessment (IPA) for her class and carries out the assessments. She reports on how well students were able to carry out the assessment tasks and does a meta-reflection on the process of creating and administering the IPA, identifying what went well, what logistical factors need reconsideration, how the IPA might be modified based on student performance, etc. She interviews students to gather information on how they perceived the assessments. (Involves IRB approval)

Increased compensation
Good return on your investment

Earn, on average, $6,000/year more than a teacher with a bachelor's degree.

Tailored to your needs

Work with a faculty adviser to plan your coursework around your interests.

Tuition + Aid

$660.17 per credit for residents ($1,021.17 per credit: nonresidents)

Scholarships, grants, loans and loan forgiveness are available. More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Learn from leading scholars
Cutting-edge research

Our faculty have won teaching awards from universities across the country and internationally. Their research informs policy and fills textbooks.

Get credit for past work
Transfer credits

Maximum transfer credits: 12

Credits may have been taken at UMN, or at another institution. Credits must be at the graduate level and must be approved by a faculty adviser.

  1. Contact the academic adviser (for contact info, see below) to arrange to work with a faculty adviser to have your courses approved
  2. After the faculty adviser approves your transfer courses, fill out the Academic Policy Petition.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted.
  • Resume. Tailor your resume to focus on relevant academic and work experience.
  • Personal statement. Describe your career goals and rationale for pursuing your M.Ed. Limit: 1 page.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy