MEd English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education Concentration (PK–12 Licensure)
Becoming an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher leads to a rewarding career in which you will guide PK-12 bi-multilingual children to expand their language and literacy strengths for academic success across grade levels and content areas.
You will learn current, asset-based approaches for instruction and assessment with bi-multilingual children.
The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education PK-12 Licensure concentration prepares new educators to apply for licensure (Virginia). This program will appeal to those who would like to be ESOL teachers as well as to working Instructional Assistants who wish to prepare for initial ESOL licensure.
Coursework emphasizes the intersection of culture, language, and identity and its application to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse PK-12 learners. Each course requires fieldwork to provide opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned in coursework to teaching and learning with English learners.
Most licensure courses require 15 hours of fieldwork for each course. Also, please be sure to visit this page for important information about teacher licensure in Virginia.
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.
George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.
Introductory Core Courses:
- EDUC 511: Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts (3 credits)
- EDUC 537: Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
- EDRD 515: Language and Literacy in Global Contexts (3 credits)
- EDCI 516: Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research (3 credits)
- EDCI 510: Linguistics for PreK-12 ESOL Teachers (3 credits)
- EDCI 519: Methods of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
- EDCI 520: Assessment of Language Learners (3 credits)
- EDRD 610: Content Literacy for English Language Learners, PK-12 (3 credits)
- EDCI 793: Internship in Education: PK-12 ESL/ESOL Education (6 credits)
- EDCI 776: Consultation and Collaboration in Diverse K-12 Settings (3 credits)
- EDCI 777: Research to Practice (3 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 21
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 6
|Applications not accepted for this term|
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Completed Content Area Review worksheet. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires academic prerequisite course work for licensure programs. The content area advisor will certify that you have met the requirements to start in one of our state-approved teacher preparation programs.
- Two letters of recommendation. Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts. Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and documentation of English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study when evaluating the GPA requirement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
- Completed Content Area Review (sometimes called Endorsement Review). The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires prerequisite course work for licensure programs. The content area advisor in the Teacher Track office will certify that you have met the requirements to start our state-approved teacher preparation programs.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
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