English Language Learning & Teaching MS in Education

Master of Science in Education

Help diverse populations excel at learning

In our increasingly diverse educational system, teachers trained to teach English language learners (ELLs) are vital. The Capella University online master's in education, English language learning and teaching degree can prepare licensed K-12 teachers* to effectively instruct ELLs. You’ll learn best practices and emerging trends, gaining collaboration skills and experience to influence English education decisions at the school or district level. 

*This specialization does not satisfy licensure requirements for K-12 public school teachers or administrators.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 3 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses 
  • 2 Elective courses
  • Capstone

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Classes Start October 12th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER).

English Language Learning and Teaching program highlights

Professional development plan

Create a professional development plan in your first course to help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track.

Technology-savvy learning

Become more familiar with the latest instructional technology tools to help you teach ELLs more effectively.

Relevant, respected curriculum

The program was developed around national curriculum standards set for English language learners.

Apply the latest knowledge

Effectively use theories, models, knowledge, and best practices to meet the needs of ELLs.

Promote inclusiveness

Create a climate of inclusiveness in order to strengthen cross-cultural understanding and promote learning for all students.

Lead collaboratively

Take a collaborative approach as you advocate for the needs and concerns of students and families.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$455 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

Master's in English Language Learning and Teaching sample courses

The curriculum for our online master's in education, English language learning and teaching program includes assessment and instruction, linguistics, curriculum development, cultural competency, classroom management, and instructional technologies.

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Applied Linguistics

Learners in this course examine the fundamental concepts and elements of applied linguistics, including meta-language; and explore the ways they are used to plan and deliver instruction to English Language Learners (ELLs); and identify techniques for collaborating with other administrators, teachers, school guidance staff, families, and other stakeholders to ensure the success of ELLs.

4 quarter credits
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap for English Language Learners

In this course, learners examine the origins and complexities of student achievement gaps between English Language Learners (ELLs) and their mainstream peers within the contexts of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and linguistic difference. Learners also explore current student achievement research and best practices and identify instructional strategies most likely to eliminate achievement disparities.

4 quarter credits
Culture, Society, and Language

Learners in this course explore the fundamental components of human culture, the characteristics of individual cultures, the ways in which society and language interact, and the processes by which individuals manage cultural adaptation. Learners use their understanding of these elements to enhance their own cultural competence and pedagogical effectiveness.

4 quarter credits
ED5728 *
Methods, Curriculum, and Materials for English Language Learners

This course presents ways in which the theoretical model of communicative competence guides the instruction of English Language Learners (ELLs). Learners examine and apply various differentiation strategies in the planning and delivery of appropriate instruction to ELLs and evaluate ways to use instructional technology in the teaching, learning, and assessment of ELLs. Prerequisite(s): ED5726.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Gain expertise in preparing ELLs for academic success.

  • Use the latest technology effectively to meet the needs of your students.
  • Take a collaborative approach as you advocate for the needs and concerns of students and families.
  • Create a climate of inclusiveness in order to strengthen cross-cultural understanding and promote learning for all students.
  • Effectively use theories, models, knowledge, and best practices to meet the needs of ELLs.
  • Promote learning in order to advance the academic success and adjustments needed for ELLs to succeed.
  • Demonstrate behaviors reflecting the highest ideals of the teaching profession.

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

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English Language Learning paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online master's in education, English language learning and teaching degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Adult basic education teacher
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • Community or technical college
  • Community based organization
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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