English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Candidates choosing the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) concentration will become more proficient in working with the growing student population for whom English is a second or third language, as well as those professionals who work with children and young adults who are English Language Learners. The program assists teachers and other school professionals in developing the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for effective expertise in bilingual teaching, learning, and assessment within K-12 education. This program will also benefit reading specialists and special educators.

Program Overview

  • Illustration of a stack of books Credits: 33
  • Illustration of a calendar Class Duration: 8 weeks
  • Illustration of a computer with charts and graphs on the screen Delivery: 100% Online
  • Illustration of an analog clock Format: Part-time
  • Illustration of a classical building with columns Next Admission Term: Summer 2024
  • Illustration of a graduation cap Time of Completion: As little as 2 years*

*Up to 5 years to complete.

Program Advantages

  • Engages with cutting edge education topics; especially for urban contexts 
  • Blends theory with practice
  • Small class sizes
  • Vibrant faculty who are experts in their field
  • Learn with a diverse range of teachers from public, independent and parochial schools in a variety of specialty areas and grade levels
  • Engaging online or hybrid course options
  • No certification required!

Program of Study

The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a 33 credit program, including 6 core Curriculum and Instruction graduate courses and 5 ESOLgraduate courses. Students choosing the ESOL concentration will become more knowledgeable about issues of social justice and how they play out specifically for English language learners. They will become well-versed in the history of education systems that have worked to prevent bilingual and multilingualism in schools and the ways that allies have come together to allow for students to learn content in their home languages as well as in English. After learning about the socio-historical factors impacting schooling, curriculum, and pedagogies for English language learners, students develop specialized knowledge for becoming more effective educators on behalf of English language learners, specifically, and in general for all learners as well.

Sample Program of Study
Fall 1 ED612 Philosophy, History, and Reforms in Education
  ED618 Instructional Theories
Spring 1 ED651 Curriculum Theories
  ED659 Power, Identity, and Intersectionalities
Summer 1 RE603 Language, Literacy, and Culture
  ED600 Foundations of Research in Education
Fall 2 RE540 Linguistics for Teachers of Language and Literacy 
  RE602 Second Language Development: Theory and Practice 
Spring 2 RE606 Assessments in Bilingual and Second Language Education
  RE604 Methods for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language 
Summer 2 ED805 Capstone Seminar

Completion Time

This program may be taken part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years) with up to 5 or 6 classes offered per calendar year. Part-time offers a self-paced opportunity to complete requirements over a longer period of time with courses delivered at times of the day that are convenient to full-time work schedules. In addition, online course offerings are also available for all of the coursework. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Obtain a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice with a concentration in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  2. Seek additional ESOL endorsement by completing the Praxis II test (for students with Maryland teaching certification).
  3. Pursue leadership roles in schools and district offices.
  4. Further your graduate studies at the doctoral level.

Broadening Perspectives

Loyola's Curriculum and Instruction program will challenge your assumptions about the field of education, teaching, learning, and curriculum. It will encourage you to think creatively and critically about education’s past and present inequities, its current place in society, and provide visionary possibilities for greater equity in our globalized society.

Hear from Greyhounds
The CISJ program at Loyola University Maryland helped me to gain insight and shaped my current perspective on topics such as social justice, personal biases, and equity in education. My favorite part about the program was that I was able to learn from authentic and knowledgeable professors who showed me how to apply the concepts learned into my instruction in the classroom, and in life outside of the classroom. My time at Loyola allowed me to advance my career while making a difference in the field of education.
Jessica Dorsey, ‘21
Because of the CISJ program, I have learned that there is diversity in even the most seemingly alike group. The culturally competent teacher recognizes the nuances of students' lived experiences while creating opportunities for them to see themselves within the curriculum.
LaShanda Lawrence, '22 degree candidate
During these tumultuous times, I felt called to join the efforts to improve racial relations in our educational community. This required becoming thoroughly informed on the history of education, the methodologies of culturally relevant teaching and research, and gaining an exposure to the literary works of a wide variety of social justice activists. The CISJ program provided the groundwork, where I unified my passions with theory and application.
Aminah Raysor, '21
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