Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study ESOL? Why this program? Why the Graduate School of the College of Charleston?
I have an ESOL Certificate. Can I apply it toward this Master's program?
I took classes through the CofC ESOL Certificate Program or the CofC Cohort Program. Can I transfer these credits toward the M.Ed.?
How long will it take me to complete the degree?
Can I take courses part-time, or do I have to be a full-time student?
Is this program just for teachers?
Are there comprehensive exams and does the M.Ed. require a Master's thesis?
How many hours of study does it take to get the degree?
What are the tuition and fees?
What specifically are the core courses?
What are the ESOL courses being offered?
I'd like to take graduate courses in ESOL but don't really want to pursue a degree. Can I just take coursework?
Can I apply graduate credits that I have earned at another university?
You say the degree requires 6 credit hours of electives. What are they?
Can I get certified as a teacher by taking the M.Ed. program?
What are requirements for admission?
Do I need to take the GRE?
I am a teacher of something other than a language. Can the M.Ed. lead to add-on certification in ESOL?
What will this degree help me do?
What are possible career paths for this degree?
Do you have graduate assistantships?

 Why should I study ESOL? Why this program? Why the Graduate School of the College of Charleston?

ESOL is a dynamic and growing field in many professional sectors. In addition, ESOL teachers are in critical demand in school districts across the country. As a result of the dominance in English as the language of international business, STEM, the web, etc., more and more people around the world want to gain proficiency in English. An ESOL degree will help you prepare for a career in teaching or in training and in consulting with speakers of other languages in their acquisition of English and acclimation to US business practices and expectations. Many of our students are interested in teaching here in the US or abroad, but an emerging field of interest is with companies that hire graduates of ESOL programs to help better prepare employees to work in English-speaking professional contexts.

Those who hold a Master’s degree in ESOL, like the graduates of our program, are highly desired for their strong academic preparation in language acquisition, cross-cultural sensitivity, awareness and competence, and as leaders in global fluency engaging in advocacy, community service, and outreach.

The Graduate School at the University of Charleston, SC offers fully accredited programs that allow career flexibility and advancement. The M.Ed. in Languages (ESOL) degree is completely online and designed for full-time working professionals to transition to a new career in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The degree can be completed part time or full time (students can take 1, 2, or 3 courses per semester, including summer sessions). Our courses are taught by leading faculty in the field and will provide you with in-depth linguistic foundations to understand how languages are acquired. This Master’s degree integrates the latest innovations in technology and best practices in educational pedagogy to help you enhance your teaching skills and strategies for your career goals.

I have an ESOL Certificate. Can I apply it toward this Master's program?

Yes! ESOL Certificate holders are particularly encouraged to apply. Please contact the program director for information about applying previously earned credit toward the M.Ed. in Languages (ESOL) program.

I took classes through the CofC ESOL Certificate Program or the CofC Cohort Program. Can I transfer these credits toward the M.Ed.?

Yes! Both programs are CofC programs so you do not need to transfer the credits. All previous coursework taken as part of those programs will automatically apply towards the M.Ed. in Languages (ESOL) program requirements. Please contact the Program Director; We want to help you pursue your Master's degree.  

How long will it take me to complete the degree?

The program is designed to be completed in 4 semesters but the program allows for flexibility and students can take 1, 2, or 3 courses per semester for up to 6 years. Students may take a part-time load of 2 courses per term and still graduate within 2 years. 

Can I take courses part-time, or do I have to be a full-time student?

Yes, students can take 1, 2, or 3 courses a semester, including summer terms. All courses are offered online.

Is this program just for teachers?

Our program appeals to many types of students. Some are current teachers, others are considering a return to teaching or a change of career. Some want a Master's degree for career flexiblity and professional mobility. A small number of our students are non-degree-seeking. All of our students are committed to cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness and they want to pursue graduate studies in ESOL for professional development in a wide range of careers.

Are there comprehensive exams and does the M.Ed. require a Master's thesis?

At the end of the program, you must submit a professional portfolio for evaluation. We use the capstone standards-based teaching portfolio in lieu of comprehensive exams or a Master's thesis. 

How many hours of study does it take to get the degree?

The M.Ed. takes 31 credit hours, of which 12 are core courses in the areas of language education and foundations of education. 12 credit hours are ESOL-specific courses. 6 credit hours are electives and the final credit hour is the capstone portfolio preparation course.

What are the tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees are subject to change. For current information, please contact the Graduate School at the College of Charleston for details.

What specifically are the core courses?

In general, the core courses in education and linguistics are as follows:

    * LALE 601 Applied Linguistics

    * LALE 602 Advanced Methods of Second Language Teaching

    * LALE 603 Second Language Acquisition

    * EDFS 635 Educational Research

What are the ESOL courses being offered?

    * EDFS 670 Principles and Strategies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (K-12)

    * EDFS 671 Teaching Reading and Writing to K-12 Speakers of Other Languages

    * EDFS 672 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Education

    * EDFS 673 Assessing Student Performance

 

I'd like to take graduate courses in ESOL but don't really want to pursue a degree. Can I just take coursework?

Yes. You don't have to be a degree-seeking student to take graduate courses at the College.

Can I apply graduate credits that I have earned at another university?

Yes, you can transfer up to 12 credits into the program.Transfer credit must be approved by the program director. Please contact the Program Director for details. 

 

 

You say the degree requires 6 credit hours of electives. What are they?

This is the list of approved electives:

Language and Language Education

LALE 690 Special Topics in Language Education (3)

LALE 698 Independent Study (3-6)

Foundations in Education

EDFS 501 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth (3)

EDFS 550 Classroom and Behavior Management (3)

EDFS 632 Education Psychology Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (3)

EDFS 652 Foundations of Education (3)

EDFS 654 Human Growth and Development (3)

EDFS 670 Principles and Strategies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K-12) (3)

EDFS 671 Teaching Reading and Writing to K-12 Speakers of Other Languages (3)

EDFS 672 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Education (3)

EDFS 673 Assessing Student Performance (3)

EDFS 674 Linguistics for ESOL Teachers (3)

EDFS 680 Teaching English Through the Content Areas (Or Content Modification for ESOL Students K-12) (3)

EDFS 687 Introduction to Educational Technology (3)

EDFS 692 Advanced Technology Applications in Education (3)

EDFS 704 Practicum in the Instruction of English as a Second Language to Elementary and Secondary Learners (3)

EDFS 760 The Nature and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students: Historical, Philosophical, and Current Perspectives (3)

EDFS 761 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students (3) Prerequisite: EDFS 760

EDFS 764 Social and Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Students (3)

Prerequisites: EDFS 760 and EDFS 761

Can I get certified as a teacher by taking the M.Ed. program?

No. The M.Ed. is not a certification granting program. For those who seek initial teacher certification in the state of South Carolina, an M.A.T. program is the most appropriate choice. Please contact the Director for more information.

What are requirements for admission?

• Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA or higher
• Application
• Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework, including any teaching certificates/ licenses
• A 1 page Statement of goals
• Two letters of recommendation
• Evidence of command of English (if English is not the primary language) with a TOEFL score of 79 or greater

Do I need to take the GRE?

No. 

I am a teacher of something other than a language. Can the M.Ed. lead to add-on certification in ESOL?

Yes. Please contact the Program Director for more information.

What will this degree help me do?

• Develop cultural competency and global fluency
• Understand how languages are learned
• Enhance your teaching skills and strategies
• Implement innovations in the use of technology
• Learn and apply the newest trends in the field
• Apply linguistics to the learning and teaching processes
• Engage in advocacy, community service, and outreach

What are possible career paths for this degree?

• English Language teacher in the US (ESOL) or abroad (EFL)
• Human Resources Coordinator/Director
• Language Consultant for business, public health, and medical environments

Do you have graduate assistantships?

The Graduate School offers non-teaching assistantships rather than teaching assistantships. If you believe that you should be considered, please contact the Program Director.

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