English as a Second Language Endorsement (MSCI Concentration)

Online Education Degree



Earn your English as a Second Language Endorsement as you work towards your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction degree. Earning this endorsement will help enhance your language skills to open up new opportunities, maximize your impact in the classroom, and become an expert in teaching in different settings.

In the Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction program, you will be introduced to a systematic approach to instructional design. Your classes are taught by practitioners in the field and doctoral-level professors, all of whom are dedicated to developing the highest quality teachers. We follow the Interstate Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

The curriculum for this program is offered through Concordia University Ann Arbor and is developed to meet all Michigan state standards. It is also able to meet many other state standards. Please check with your state’s department for details.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Experience in developing needs-based curriculum
  • Motivation to effectively lead a school toward meeting the needs of all students
  • Insights into improving the quality and effectiveness of instructional curriculum and assessment
  • Ability to communicate assessment results in order to improve curriculum, instruction, and student learning

Career Outlook

  • Coordinator of Curriculum Development
  • Early Childhood Program Administrator
  • Principal
  • Vice Principal
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Numeracy Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Data Specialist
  • Testing Coordinator
  • Assessment and Instructional Support Specialist
  • Content Coach
  • ESL Coordinator

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Curriculum & Instruction with ESL concentration

10 credits

Instructional Design (EDU 831) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to a systematic approach to instructional design as a necessary foundation for developing needs-based curriculum. Current models of instructional design are explored and specific focus is given to learning theories as they apply to the development of instruction. Students apply the systematic process of translating learning needs into teaching solutions through analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional products.
Standards Based Curriculum & Instruction (EDU 871) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of strategies for linking national and state standards to classroom curriculum. This course will explore the historical foundations for the standards movement as well as current research on standards as a basis for understanding standard-based instruction. The content includes grade-level benchmarks and assessments, development of a pacing chart, scope and sequence, and identifies instructional resources.
Assessment & Evaluation (EDU 911) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course focuses on the concept of assessment as linked to the learning process and teaching practice. Participants look at the theory and principals that support assessment practices, especially as they apply to teacher made tests and other evaluation instruments. The course includes alternatives to traditional forms of assessment and explores factors that influence student performance.
Portfolio 1 (EDG 996)

Course Description

Portfolio I is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.

English as a Second Language Curriculum

21 credits

Cross-Cultural Communication for ESL Teachers (EDU 551/851) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Educators will gain appreciation for their interactions with diverse cultures, heritages, and traditions while acquiring intercultural and interpersonal communication skills for the progressive, unique, and diverse world in which we live.  This course will assist educators in understand and recognizing the emotional and psychological challenges for ESL/ELL and Bilingual/Bi-cultural students.
Linguistics for ESL Teachers (EDU 552/852) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is centered on an in-depth analysis of language systems, phonology, syntax, morphology, from the perspective of linguists and teachers.  Educators will have an opportunity to engage in systematic applications and study of the complex phenomenon of language and different aspects of the English language including: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, dialects, and social context that determine changes in language and how these changes affect the students’ language acquisition.
ESL Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Grammar Strategies (EDU 553/853) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This class is centered on using grade level strategies and WIDA standards to enhance the pedagogical abilities of educators in creating effective lesson plans that allow students with limited English proficiency to acquire and use English in listening, speaking, reading and writing for academic and social purposes and contexts. Educators have an opportunity to engage in systematic applications of strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening and grammar. Educators will conduct mini lessons targeting speaking, pronunciation, listening, writing and reading for all 5 WIDA proficiency levels, in the format of the SIOP lesson plan model along with an in depth analysis of current trends in language acquisition pedagogical strategies, methods and literature.
Integration of Language and Content in ESL (EDU 554/854) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The educator will be equipped with the knowledge, strategies, and ability to develop, integrate, and implement ESL literacy strategies with the core content.  Prerequisites include:  EDU 551/851.
Assessment in ESL (EDU 555/855) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Assessment in ESL is a course designed to aid educators in how to conduct formative and summative assessments of ESL students. This course will assist educators in performing and recognizing the proficiency level of ESL learners.
Methods of Teaching ESL Students (EDU 556/856) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Educators will learn effective teaching methods for teaching ELL students.  The educators will be exposed to activities for reading, writing, listening and speaking that are considered best practices for obtaining English languages skills that align with the Michigan ESL Standards.
Observations, Analysis, Practicum with ESL Students (EDU 557/857) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is the capstone for the ESL Endorsement program. Candidates will evaluate skills and techniques with ELL students in general education classrooms or in ESL classrooms. Observation analysis and feedback will be provided by host teachers. Candidates will attend a weekly seminar class to discuss their experiences and the relationship to the state standards. A portfolio will be created by each student to document their experiences and to show progress in the teaching of ELL students.

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