For the global classroom in your local school

This program is for those interested in a Michigan English as a Second Language Endorsement. Learn relevant teaching strategies and master foreign language methodology, studying with faculty who mix strong theoretical backgrounds with notable professional experience.

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Program Overview

Demographics are changing in America. More than ever there are populations of students who don’t share the same native language or English proficiency as many of their peers. Educators are needed who will devote their time and expertise towards making certain students of all backgrounds are afforded all the opportunities that the English language makes available to them. In this program, you’ll learn relevant teaching strategies to implement in your classroom, while building a portfolio to demonstrate growth and competency in teaching standards. You’ll also spend time in actual classroom settings, gaining relevant field experience, while learning how to effectively lead instruction in academic English comprehension and understanding.

What to Expect

Quick Facts

The Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with English as a Second Language (NS) Endorsement program at CUAA focuses on the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary for addressing the needs of English Learner students in grades K-12.  As a candidate, you will apply knowledge in classroom situations beginning with the understanding of different cultures, and move to a deeper learning of English linguistics and grammar.  You will learn research based assessments and best practices in instruction for English Learners.

Courses run in an 8-week online format. At the time of application, you'll decide whether you would like to apply for the 21-credit or 30-credit option. You may pursue the 21-credit non-degree seeking ESL (NS) Endorsement program if you already have a teaching certificate and are seeking the endorsement only. You do not have to have a master's degree to pursue the ESL endorsement option.

The second option offers you the opportunity to work on both an endorsement and master's degree at once by applying for a 30-credit Master's of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with the ESL (NS) Endorsement included. Both programs run at an accelerated 8-week pace. 

Program Highlights

  • All candidates must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in English as a Second language in order to receive the NS endorsement. CUAA boasts a 100% test pass rate on the first attempt for the NS Endorsement.
  • Completed courses can be applied toward professional teacher certification in Michigan.
  • Courses are approved as a planned program.
  • Course objectives and learning outcomes are aligned with the Michigan Department of Education English as Second Language (NS) Standards, TESOL Standards, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards, and Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

Program Options

  • Endorsement Program - The English as a Second Language (NS) Endorsement program is a 21-credit program for K-12 educators interested in obtaining the Michigan Endorsement in the area of English as a Second Language. When filling out the application for the endorsement program, please select non-degree seeking.
  • Master’s Degree Program - The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program with English as a Second Language (NS) Endorsement is a 30-credit program for K-12 educators seeking a master’s degree in addition to the Endorsement in English as a Second Language.

Graduates from this program will be equipped with best practices in teaching advanced English vocabulary and syntax, and grasp a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the methodology of foreign language learning. Most of all, graduates emerge from their time in this program confident in their ability to educate students of all English proficiencies.

Scholarship Opportunity

Applicants of this program may be eligible for Uncommon Scholarships. To determine if you qualify, please visit the Uncommon Scholarships page. The scholarship application must be filled out and submitted online once per academic year, and before your course begins.

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