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Professional Studies: M.Ed.
Second Language Pedagogy

Earn your master of education.

This is a practitioner-based, coursework-only program designed for practicing world language and ESL teachers who want to advance their careers and leadership capacity. It is completed in conjunction with the 12-credit summer certificate program in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching. 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


Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Required courses (21 cr.)

  • LgTT 5110—Using Technology in Second Language Teaching (2 cr.) OR

another CARLA summer institute on technology (2 cr.)

  • CI 5621—Culture as Core in the Second Language Classroom (2 cr.)
  • CI 5622—Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers (2 cr.)
  • CI 5651—Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education (3 cr.)
  • CI 5656—Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms  (3 cr.)
  • CI 5657—Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms (3 cr.)
  • CI 5662—Second Language Curriculum Design (3 cr.)
  • 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]

Elective credits (9 cr.)
At least 6 of the 9 elective credits must be comprised of CARLA summer institutes. All elective credits selected in consultation with adviser.


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.

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