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Degree Specialization in English Language Learning (ELL)

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To help each one of your students succeed, you’ll need to understand all of the tools at your disposal to help children from diverse language backgrounds learn English.

In today’s preK-12 schools, English is not every student’s first language. To help every child reach his or her full potential, you’ll need to understand how young learners acquire new languages, and the tools at your disposal to help them learn. This program is specially designed to help you do just that.

In the English Language Learning (ELL) certificate or specialization program, you’ll study linguistics, theories of language acquisition, and instructional plans for language learners. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of the laws that govern ELL education, state and national standards for ELL curricula, and methods for assessing your students’ progress.

This specialization neither leads to licensure nor to an additional endorsement.


This program consists of four graduate online English language learning courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • ELL500 English Language Learners
    Methods and techniques of teaching English to children of linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • ELL505 Language Acquisition and Linguistics
    Normal processes of development of language in children, growth of language, including structure, comprehension, use of oral and written language, other symbolic behavior.
  • ELL520 Literacy and the EL Learner
    Methods and techniques of teaching Literacy to K-12 English Language Learners.
  • ELL530 Assessment and Administration of ELL Programs
    Study of state, federal, and local laws and policies concerning ELL programs; language proficiency instruments used by teachers for assessment and placement of ELLs.


A specialization in English Language Learning pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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