Online Master of Arts in Education (Educating Multilingual Learners)

The online multilingual education master’s degree program is ideal for individuals interested in educating multilingual learners and understanding the cultural and social backgrounds of students. This program caters to professionals in a wide range of roles. These include new and experienced teachers; school district, college or university administrators; policymakers; and community workers and organizations serving diverse populations.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 03/08/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Learn how to teach multilingual classes

In this multilingual education program, you will learn to recognize, articulate and critique the relationship between language, culture and identity. This key skill will allow you to innovate pedagogical best practices within a classroom or learning environment. You’ll also become equipped with the knowledge necessary to collaborate with peers and educators on developing reading, writing and listening assessments. You’ll learn to create and advance strategies for language and learning advocacy while involving community and families as partners.

The successful graduate will be prepared to apply program models to support language acquisition and assess English learner proficiency.

Why study multilingual education?

 

As student demographics continue to shift, educators and administrators must become familiar with the sociocultural backgrounds of their students, including their language backgrounds. This program was designed by full-time faculty experts in bilingual/dual language education, linguistics and literacy education. The program also supports current and equity-oriented theory, pedagogy and practice surrounding teaching multilingual learners.

Is this an English as a Second Language or TESOL degree?

 

While this program does support learners seeking English as a second language (ESL) training, the curriculum extends beyond ESL. It includes content appropriate for both educators and individuals working within their communities at nonprofits or other organizations in which language education is beneficial, such as a refugee coordinator or liaison.

This program is not designed for individuals who want to become a certified teacher, a foreign language teacher to English-speaking students, an interpreter or translator, or those pursuing a teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) degree.

This program does not lead to any type of licensure, certification or testing opportunity. Individuals looking to become TESOL certified may be interested in ASU’s online Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree program.

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Speak with an enrollment coach for more information.

Multilingual education certificate courses

You’ll take a variety of courses ranging from research and evaluation in education to multilingual acquisition, linguistics and policy. You will also complete a practicum course to apply what you’ve learned in this program in a real-world setting. The program culminates with a capstone course in which you’ll complete a research project of your choosing.


Core

Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education


Core

Literacy/Biliteracy Development


Core

Language, Policy, and Power: Past and Present


Core

Sociolinguistics/Language in Context


Core

Education for Social Transformation


Core

Linguistics for Educators


Core

Methods for Educating Multilingual Learners


Practicum

Becoming a Transformative Educator/Advocate


What kind of jobs can I get with a multilingual education degree?

Graduates with a Master of Arts in education (educating multilingual learners) are well-suited for positions within education or organizations serving international or immigrant populations.

Non-certified teacher

Instructors

Instructional coordinator

Student services advisor

Multilingual or bilingual education specialist

Program administrators

Education manager

Director

Educational consultant

Learn from the best in teaching and education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learn from the best in teaching and education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Apply to earn your master’s degree in multilingual education

To apply to the multilingual education program, you must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Application requirements

Other requirements

Study with multilingual and cultural experts in education

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. ASU is ranked #10 in the world in the subject area of education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Our college is ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. These peer-reviewed programmatic honors include:

#1


Curriculum and Instruction.

#1


Instructional Media.

#2


Educational Administration.

#3


Special Education.

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