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Online Master’s in TESOL at KU.
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To serve the growing population of English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools today, the University of Kansas School of Education offers online master’s degrees in both teaching and non-teaching tracks as well as a licensure endorsement in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). An estimated 9.5% of all U.S. public school students were classified as ELLs in fall 2015, with some individual states reporting much higher rates, including California, where ELLs made up 21 percent of public school students, and Texas and Nevada, with 16.8 percent each.1 These students may struggle to keep up in classes taught in a language they are still learning, a frustrating and sometimes alienating experience that can lead to lower grades and higher dropout rates among these populations.
Although ELL students come from different backgrounds, they share a need for informed, compassionate and effective specialized teachers who understand the challenges they face. Educators with diverse instructional techniques, culturally responsive teaching practices and a strong foundation in second language acquisition can make an enormous difference in these students' educational experiences—and their lives.
Whether you are seeking licensure, a career shift, or just to better support students in your school or district, our online TESOL programs will prepare you to help students from many culturally diverse backgrounds succeed in early childhood, PK–12 or adult education classrooms.
Choose from two tracks in our online master's in TESOL* to best suit your career goals, as well as a licensure endorsement-only option which can be completed in significantly less time. All of these programs are are taught by the same highly renowned faculty who have made our on-campus programs among the best in the nation, experienced educators who bring extensive TESOL-related research and a wealth of expertise in teaching non-English speakers from various cultural backgrounds. Under their instruction, you'll learn both pedagogical theory and best practices that can be applied right away in a classroom environment.
In these programs, you'll build an understanding of the foundations of English language instruction (in both English as a second language and English as a foreign language contexts) and bilingual education, including historical and current theories of second language acquisition, linguistic analysis, and the role culture plays in second language teaching. You'll also supplement your classroom learning with required field experiences.
This program does not provide instruction in speaking English. It prepares educators to teach English to speakers of other languages and is not an English language program for second or other language learners.
Note: In order to enroll in any of these programs, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.
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