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English Language Learning and Teaching Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Help Students Succeed in Any Language

Students want to understand, and be understood. When you’re an English Language Learner (ELL), this can be a challenge without a highly trained, caring teacher. Capella’s online master's in education, English language learning and teaching degree is designed to prepare licensed K-12 teachers* to provide effective instruction to ELLs. This program covers the best practices and emerging trends, showing you how to work collaboratively while giving you the knowledge and experience to influence English education decisions at a school or district level. 

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

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses 
  • Capstone

Classes Start April 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

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.

Exemplify Professionalism

Demonstrate behaviors reflecting the highest ideals of the teaching profession.

Lead Collaboratively

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

Champion Academic Success

Promote learning in order to advance the academic success and cultural adjustments needed for ELLs to succeed.    

Harness Technology

Use the latest technology effectively to meet the needs of your students. 

MS in Education, English Language Learning Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professional Development Plan

To help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track, you can create a professional development plan in your first course. 

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.

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$453 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.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $3K.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

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

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.

Course Number Course Title
ED5724 Applied Linguistics
ED5722 Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap for English Language Learners
ED5730 Culture, Society, and Language
ED5728 Methods, Curriculum, and Materials for English Language Learners

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.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They're here to help find a program fit and set up for success.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing Support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

English Language Learning Career Insights

Which K-12 Education Career Path Is Best for Me?

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Choosing the Right K-12 Master's in Education for You

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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*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Adult basic education teacher/tutor
  • Community education teacher/tutor
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Director of curriculum
  • ELL/ESL/ESOL coordinator or supervisor
  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language
  • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Testing/assessment coordinator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Alternative school
  • Charter school
  • Community or technical college
  • Continuing education program
  • Corporation
  • Curriculum development company
  • International school
  • Language school (abroad, in the U.S., or online)
  • Military
  • Nonprofit organization
  • School district office

*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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

Ready for the Next Step?

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