Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education ESL

Develop effective strategies to teach English to the vulnerable population of second-language adult learners to ensure success in the workplace and beyond.

12/26/22 Next Application Due Date
1/9/23 Start Classes
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Program Overview

Reasons to pursue the MSEd in Adult Ed, ESL online program at SOU

$16,605* Total Tuition
16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

Make a difference by working with linguistically and culturally diverse non-native English speakers with the MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program from Southern Oregon University. As job opportunities in ESL instruction grow, help adult second-language learners succeed in the classroom and beyond.

This 100 percent online program is designed with working professionals in mind, so it can fit your busy schedule and career goals. You will acquire the knowledge needed to help second-language learners achieve vital communication skills.

Coursework will help you gain a greater understanding of how people learn their first language and the relationship of this development to the acquisition of other languages. Learn strategies to ensure each student’s cultural experiences are reflected and validated in the classroom and focus on instructional methodologies for facilitating adult ESL students’ learning.

In the MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program, you will:

  • develop essential skills to create and lead learning experiences for adult audiences in workplace, organizational, or higher education settings,
  • research and apply adult learning principles and best practices for teaching English to students not proficient in English to prepare them for higher education or the workplace, and
  • develop innovative curriculum and instruction methods relevant to second-language adult learners’ educational needs in a variety of professional settings.

Career opportunities include:

  • TESOL Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor – Bilingual Education
  • Curriculum Specialist for Educational and Government Institutions
  • ESL Program Director
  • Community College Adult ESL Educator
  • K-12 Family Literacy Program Director
  • Corporate ESL Trainer

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by Schools.com, 2020.

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$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours
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Tuition

SOU makes online degrees affordable

Our MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$16,605* Total Tuition
$369 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$16,605* Total Tuition
$369 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Important dates for you to know

The MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now enrolling:

12/26/22 Apply Date
1/9/23 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition Deadline
Winter1/9/2312/26/221/4/231/14/23
Spring4/3/233/20/233/29/234/8/23

Now enrolling:

12/26/22 Apply Date
1/9/23 Class Starts

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Admissions

Requirements for the MSEd in Adult Ed, ESL program

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
  • No GRE or teaching license required for admission

MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • We encourage you to apply with a GPA below 3.0 if you have work or life experience that would contribute to your success in our program. Applications with GPAs under 3.0 are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and additional information may be requested. You may be asked to provide:
    • An additional explanation of your intentions in pursuing the degree and a description of your readiness to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • Two or three letters of recommendation speaking to your ability to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • GRE scores of at least 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected]

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which has not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

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Courses

The topics you’ll study in our MSEd in Adult Ed, ESL classes

The MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education, ESL online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Course learning objectives:

  • Explain the ideas, complexities, and stakeholders that shape policy
  • Conduct research and make professional policy and practice recommendations on a contemporary issue
  • Investigate and analyze contemporary educational issues at a local, state, national, and international level
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Course learning objectives:

  • Evaluate the quality of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research
  • Interpret the findings of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research
  • Assess for the most common flaws in quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Course learning objectives:

  • Determine how beliefs, values, and attitudes about diversity developed and can be examined and revised
  • Apply terms, concepts, theories, and practices used in diversity literature and discourse to knowledge, attitudes, and skills
  • Analyze individual and institutional systems of power and privilege as they pertain to equity, access, and opportunity for diverse populations
  • Synthesize historical and contemporary conditions and challenges experienced by diverse populations and explain why they are perpetuated and how they can be changed
  • Create a plan of action to foster responsive cultural communication across differences in order to establish and maintain positive and productive work environments
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Course learning objectives:

  • Apply the 21st-century curriculum approaches, theories, and learning models to instructional decisions and practices
  • Analyze the emerging policies, trends, and practices that influence educational design and student learning
  • Incorporate systematic thinking and instructional design models to their personal practice of curriculum design
  • Participate in a professional learning community of educational designers
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 5
Students are guided through the development of a professional project design. Provides students the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration.

Course learning objectives:

  • Identify a problem in their specific professional area through a needs assessment and propose an informed solution that ethically addresses the issue
  • Conduct a literature review providing a broader theoretical and contextual framework for the project
  • Develop a systematic and ethical process for the design, implementation, and evaluation that incorporates appropriate theories, concepts, and strategies for achieving the project’s purpose and goals
  • Develop and present a professional project report in APA format
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Students are guided through the development of a professional portfolio. Provides students the opportunity to analyze, reflect and demonstrate their skills and expertise in their content knowledge and professional writing specific to their area of concentration. Prerequisite(s): restricted to MSEd. Graded (A-F) only.

Course learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and expertise in your specific area of concentration aligned to five MSEd outcomes (curriculum, reform, research, diversity, leadership)
  • Design and present a professional portfolio
  • Reflect and analyze your coursework for sufficient evidence (breadth and depth) and proficiency of the MSEd program outcomes
You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Explores theories on how first and second languages are learned and acquired. Considers the importance of the early development of a first language and the relationship of this development to the acquisition of other languages promoting academic literacy. Investigates the relationship of the four domains of language to cognitive and cultural development for all learners. Focuses on how culture manifests itself in school settings and provides a foundation for understanding methods and strategies to ensure that each student's own cultural experiences are reflected and validated in classroom learning experiences.

Course learning objectives:

  • Students will summarize the social, historical, political, and philosophical perspectives of culture and language
  • Students will summarize the stages of language and how it is acquired and learned from infancy to adult
  • Students will analyze perspectives of “self” and the “other” in order to challenge traditional norms that perpetuate the status quo in schools and society
  • Construct how language theorists have influenced acquiring language
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Equips teachers with a range of effective instructional methodologies for facilitating ELL students' learning. Examines innovative materials for developing culturally appropriate learning experiences. Presents approaches to instruction in specific content areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies). Examines and integrates the use of current technology to enhance instruction for ELLs.

Course learning objectives:

  • Culture: Candidates know and understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct learning environments that support ELL students’ cultural identities, language and literacy development, and content area achievement
  • Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction: Candidates know and understand the use of standards-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing ELD and content instruction; including classroom organization, teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills and choosing and adapting classroom resources
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Examines the history and practice of adult learning in today’s world. Relates the research, theory, and practice of cognition and learning; humanistic psychology; and adult learning to the workplace and higher education, with an emphasis on critical thinking and critical perspectives.

Course learning objectives:

  • Examine adult learning in today’s world with a focus on the individual and situational differences
  • Research and apply the theory and practice of cognition and learning, humanistic psychology, and adult learning to the workplace
  • Identify the unique goals and purposes of adult learning and integrate them into their practice
  • Apply holistic practices of andragogy in their specific professional area
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Equips learners with the pedagogy and andragogy to develop effective strategies to engage adult learners. Topics include: theory into action; effective adult teaching characteristics; learning interventions to support adult learners: self-directed, active/project-based, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative learning.

Course learning objectives:

  • Analyze and evaluate important concepts and theories associated with adult learners and learning [foundational]
  • Research strategies and learning interventions to support adult learners [how to learn]
  • Use knowledge of adult learners and learning to develop effective and engaging strategies [application]
  • Identify effective adult teaching characteristics and integrate them into their personal practice [integration]
  • Participate in a professional learning community of adult educators [human dimension]
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Focuses on exploring professional ethics and decision-making by looking at contemporary practices, policies, principles and issues within a variety of settings in education. Examines ethical dimensions of leadership through both traditional and nontraditional paradigms. Students reflect on personal ethical stances, examine the influence of ethics and values on decision-making, and analyze and critique ethical issues in a variety of contexts to frame professional ethical perspectives. Provides MEd students with information on the thesis/project process and proposal format and enables them to develop and refine ideas for potential research.

Course learning objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify ethical frameworks in the field of education and analyze how they apply to a variety of educational settings
  • Students will be able to identify the influence of values and ethics on decision-making and leadership in contemporary educational contexts
  • Students will be able to analyze and critique leadership styles, practices, and policies through an ethical lens
  • Students will be able to articulate personal ethical stances and frame their own professional, ethical perspectives as they apply to education and education leadership

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