Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12) (Non-Licensure)

You have probably already encountered students in your classroom for whom English is a second language. The growing population of K–12 English-language learners (ELLs) in the United States presents new opportunities for schools and teachers to discover and embrace the cultural and linguistic diversity that all students bring to the classroom.

Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Teaching English Language Learners offers you the opportunity to explore strategies that can help you meet the unique needs of ELL students in your classroom. Developed to reflect professional guidelines set forth by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), this specialization can help you create K–12 learning environments that are welcoming to and effective for all students.

With this specialization, you can:

  • Discover strategies to identify, interpret, and assess the language proficiencies of English-language learners in the K–12 classroom.
  • Learn how to adapt your current instruction techniques and course materials for these students.
  • Explore ways to enhance collaboration between the families of ELL students and school staff members.
  • Design learning environments that meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • ePortfolio

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

This program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence. For more details, click the Course Descriptions link below.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K-12) Specialization

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of language as a system through the application of concepts, theories, research, and practice to facilitate the acquisition of a primary and a new language.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the role of culture in language development and academic achievement into planning that supports student learning.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to implement a variety of standard-based teaching strategies and techniques used to develop and integrate English listening, speaking, reading and writing in both ESOL and Content teaching.
  4. Inform their instruction through the use of a variety of standards-based and performance-based language proficiency instruments.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use standards-based and performance-based language proficiency instruments to identify, place, and evaluate the language growth of ESOL students.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with all staff (including paraprofessionals) as a resource to improve learning for ESOL students.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6726 Course Understanding the English Language Learner Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6727 Course Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6732 Course Differentiated Instruction Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6728 Course Strategies for Teaching Content to English-Language Learners Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6729 Course Assessment and the English-Language Learner Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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