English as a Second Language


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English as a second language (ESL) has become an essential subject in the United States, where English is not the native language for more people than ever before. This master's degree may be of interest to those who want to learn about how to more effectively work with students in their classroom whose first language is not English.

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A Great Fit For

  • Those who wish to more effectively work with learners whose first language is not English.
  • Someone who is creative, adaptable, and sensitive.
  • People who are excellent communicators and presenters.


Orientation to graduate education programs and readiness for online learning to be completed during the student’s first semester of enrollment. Expectations related to scholarly writing skills are introduced.

Overview of approaches to educational research and pertinent educational theoretical frameworks. Students will examine the role of action research in their practice.

Identify and review scholarly literature, critically evaluate research, and develop skills to write an effective literature review related to topics in curriculum studies.

Students examine the systematic design feature of action research, with a focus on selecting effective data tools and creating an implementation plan for a research project.

Students examine evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of action research data, as well as designing strategies for instructional adjustment and re-evaluation.

Using foundational methods of design and analysis, students conduct action research related to curriculum studies. A capstone research project, including a review of literature, a systematic inquiry of a research problem, implementation of an intervention, analysis and interpretation of data, and reflection for instructional adjustment.

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

Examination of socio-cultural concerns and ethics related to educational foundations with emphasis on contemporary issues influencing curriculum, pedagogy, inclusion, human relations, educational policy, and social justice.

  • TESL 520 (3 cr): Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Classroom Practice
  • TLSL 525 (3 cr): Language Acquisition for English Language Learners
  • TESL 533 (3 cr): English as a New Language Programs Methods & Assessments
  • TESL 609 (3 cr): Content Area Strategies for English Language Learners
  • TESL 637 (3 cr):  Applied Linguistics
  • TESL 640 (3 cr): ESL Practicum


Additional Program Details

About MAT: English as a Second Language at Morningside

  • More and more learners in today’s K–12 classrooms speak a language other than English in their homes, and that’s why it’s necessary for teachers to know and be able to implement strategies to support English Language Learners.
  • Expand your opportunities for helping ELL students learn more effectively while enhancing your skills in areas such as methods, assessment, linguistics, culture and class practice, and more.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain practical experience that can be immediately applied in the classroom.
  • Enjoy the flexible advantages of earning a degree 100% online, allowing you to work and maintain your personal and professional aspirations.


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Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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