Curriculum and Learning – Bilingual/ESL (MEd)

Curriculum and Learning – Bilingual/ESL (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Curriculum and Learning

Concentration: Bilingual/ESL

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

This 33-credit MEd in Curriculum and Learning concentration focuses on developing advanced practitioners in the fields of bilingual education and English for speakers of other languages. As part of the full master’s degree program in education, the concentration stresses principles of inquiry, theory, professional applications, and research. Students who are New Jersey certified teachers may also pursue, with additional requirements, an endorsement as either bilingual and /or ESL teachers.

The program is challenging and includes a concentration-specific comprehensive exit requirement as well as an educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning. Up to 9 credits in the program may be taken for non-degree credit or toward the 100 hours of professional development required of teachers in New Jersey every five years. Appropriate non-degree credits may eventually be applied to the master’s degree.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.*
  • A minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale, prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  • A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and the important issues in the proposed field of study.
  • A copy of a standard NJ teaching license or a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing) and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.

*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree.

Program Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for the concentration.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during the Research in Education I (ELCL 6290) and Research in Education II (ELCL 6300) courses for 6 credits as part of the 33-credit requirement.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.

The MEd requires 33 credits: 6 credits of common courses are required in all concentrations, and 27 credits in one of the concentrations, including elective courses. Up to 6 credits may be transferred from acceptable master’s graduate programs from outside the University. In addition, with approval of an advisor, elective courses may be selected from other concentrations within the program. Written approval to take any course other than those listed for the program must be obtained in advance in order to obtain a valid substitution.

MEd in Curriculum and Learning program
Required Common Courses (for all concentrations)9 credits
Research (both courses required) 6 credits
ELCL 6290 Research in Education I 3
ELCL 6300 Research in Education II 3
Recommended Elective Courses (select one or more of the following with advisement) 3 credits
ELCL 6190 Applied Developmental Psychology 3
TBED 5420 Multiculturalism and Acculturation (*suggested for Bilingual/ESL concentration) 3
EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice** 3
EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal** 3
** This course counts toward the 12-credit supervisory certificate and may be taken within the M.Ed. program or post-master's.

Bilingual/ESL concentration

This concentration focuses on developing advanced practitioners in the fields of bilingual education and English for speakers of other languages. As part of the full master’s degree program in education, the concentration stresses principles of inquiry, theories, professional applications, and research. Students who are New Jersey certified teachers may also pursue, with additional requirements, an endorsement as either bilingual and/or ESL teachers.

Concentration Core15 credits
TBED 5390 General Linguistics 3
TBED 5400 History of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the United States 3
TBED 6410 Methods and Materials in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
Prerequsite, TBED 5390 3
TBED 6070 Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition 3
Prerequisite, TBED 5390 3
TBED 6430 Structure of American English 3
Prerequisite, TBED 5390 3
Elective Courses9 credits
Choose three (3) of the following courses:
TBED 5410 Language and Culture 3
TBED 6400 Content Area Instruction and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TBED 6420 Contrastive Analysis of Native and Target Languages 3
Recommended Prerequisite, TBED 5390 3
TBED 6450 Content Areas in Bilingual Education 3
TBED 6470 Teaching American English Pronunciation to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TBED 6500 Language Diversity, Loss, and Change 3
TBED 6520 Bilingualism as an Individual and Societal Phenomenon 3
TBED 6580 Sociolinguistics 3