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Professional Studies: M.Ed.
Language Immersion

Earn your master of education.

This is a practitioner-based program designed for practicing language immersion/dual language/bilingual educators who want to advance their careers and leadership capacity. It is completed in conjunction with the 15-credit certificate program in Dual Language and Immersion Education. Applicants must apply to both the M.Ed. and the certificate programs separately.

Number of credits: 30

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)
second language education

Four models of dual language and immersion education

  • One-way world language immersion. Designed for language-majority students (English speakers in the U.S.) who learn the curriculum through a world language such as Mandarin or Spanish.
  • Two-way bilingual immersion. Designed for a combined student audience of language-minority (e.g., Spanish speakers) and language-majority (English-speakers) students who learn the curriculum through both languages.
  • One-way developmental bilingual. In the U.S., typically designed for Spanish speakers to maintain Spanish and learn English.
  • Indigenous language immersion (one- or two-way). Designed with the goal of revitalizing an endangered language and culture, for example, Ojibwe.


Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Required courses (24 cr.)

  • CI 5177 Practical Research (3 cr.) – fall semester (end of program)
  • CI 5186 School-Related Projects (3 cr.) – fall or spring semester (end of program)
  • CI 5351 Technology Tools for Educators (3 cr.) (or other technology course selected in consultation with adviser) – fall, spring or summer term
  • CI 5670 Foundations of Dual Language and Immersion Education (3 cr.) – fall semester (online)
  • CI 5671 Curriculum Development and Assessment in Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms (3 cr.) – spring semester (online)
  • CI 5672 Language-Focused Instructional Practice and Strategies for Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms (3 cr.) – fall semester (online)
  • CI 5676 Biliteracy Development in Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms (3 cr.) – spring semester (online)
  • CI 5648 Advanced Practices in Teaching Academic Language (3 cr.) – spring semester (online)

Elective credits (6 credits)
Recommended electives include CARLA summer institutes on immersion education (options vary by year) or other courses selected in consultation with adviser, such as

  • 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 Kindergarten language immersion teacher is interested in exploring different ways to provide corrective feedback to students when they make errors. She decides to focus on a grammatical feature appropriate for young learners—the placement of adjectives. (In Spanish adjectives come after the noun and in English they come before the noun, so initially the different word order is difficult for young learners.) She creates some games that would elicit noun/adjective utterances and videotapes students playing the games and her providing feedback when they make errors. She looks at the number of times students self-correct their errors based on the feedback she gives them. (involves IRB approval)
  • A two-way immersion teacher writes a new curriculum unit with a focus on differentiating objectives and instruction for students learning through L2 vs. students learning through L1. He 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 if student data are collected)

Increased compensation
Good return on your investment

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

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.

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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