The MEd Professional Studies in Second Language Education is a graduate-level program designed for language teachers with a wide range of backgrounds and experience.
Some students in this program already have teaching licenses and others have done training internationally and are looking for opportunities to learn about U.S. schooling. We welcome teachers interested in teaching any language, in any context including in schools and community settings.
This degree qualifies you for many teaching positions in the U.S. and abroad; however, it does not include a Minnesota teaching license. If you wish to earn a teaching license, visit the MEd and Teaching License in Second Language Education program
Applications are accepted for three different start times throughout the year:
Priority admission deadlines:
For detailed admissions and funding information, visit the MEd Professional Studies admissions page.
The Core Curriculum covers instruction, assessment, and implementation of second language and culture education and includes about nine courses. Courses are offered in the evenings and during the summer. To see the curriculum requirements in detail visit the course catalog under MEd Professional Studies and look under the subplan “Second Language Education”.
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.
Teachers of world languages and ESL are in high demand as the population of English learners grows in the U.S. and the desire to learn new languages increases in an increasingly global nation and world.
Earning your MEd will also advance your career and earning potential in several ways:
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, MEd 2017