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M.Ed. in Professional Studies in Second Language Education


This is a practitioner-based, on-campus program designed for language teachers with a wide range of backgrounds and from beginning to experienced. Some students in this program already have teaching licenses and others have done training in other countries and are looking for opportunities to learn about U.S. schooling. We welcome teachers interested in teaching any language, in any context – school, community and across different ages. This M.Ed. degree includes about nine courses with a school-based project at the end of the program.

This degree qualifies you for many teaching positions in the U.S. and abroad; however, it does not include a Minnesota license. If you would like a Minnesota teaching license because you hope to teach languages in Minnesota K-12 schools, you can earn it in our full-time M.Ed. and Initial License in Second Language Education program.

Career Outlook

Being able to teach languages effectively is becoming increasingly important as the population of English learners grows in the U.S. and the need for native English speakers to acquire other languages for participation in the global marketplace expands.

In addition, earning your M.Ed. will advance your career and earning potential in several ways:

  • Teachers with a master's degree are regarded as experts in their field, making you a more competitive job candidate with an M.Ed.
  • Teachers who have a master's degree will see a roughly $7,000 annual salary increase []
  • Though the salary increase with a master's degree will vary by district and state, Minnesota teachers are on the higher end of the payscale. Median Minnesota teacher salary were $56,560 in 2019 [BLS].
  • Once a teacher is employed, there is much more mobility that comes with a Master's. Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon specific graduate training.


The Core Curriculum covers instruction, assessment and implementation of second language and culture education. Courses are offered in the evenings and during the summer. To see the curriculum requirements in detail visit the course catalog under M.Ed. Professional Studies and look under the subplan “Second Language Education”.

Final Project (Optional)

School-Related Project: At the end of the program, you can choose to design and implement an independent project, using concepts learned in our program. Projects typically culminate in a 20-30 page paper, resulting from approximately 120 hours of work. See examples of final projects.


Full-time students can finish this program in two years, taking two to three classes per term, excluding summers

You may also take courses on a part-time basis at your own rate while working in the field.


Priority admission deadlines:

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

A bachelor’s degree and 2.8 GPA are required for admission. To find detailed admission information for the program, please visit the M.Ed. in Professional Studies admission page.


"My advisor's endless support helped me to have a better understanding of not only second language education, but also enlightened me as to how a scholar studying multicultural education could balance views on language policy, equity, and social issues."

Saem Heo, M.Ed. 2017