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Education, Literacy Studies, M.Ed. - TESOL emphasis

The College of Education's Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs provide educators with opportunities for professional renewal and development. Graduate programs in education are designed to increase a student's understanding of the learning process and repertoire of methods and skills. The areas of study reflect the importance of increased breadth and depth of understanding of theoretical constructs and existing problems in education.

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Program Overview

The Literacy Studies major with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides teachers with the theoretical, practical knowledge, and skills necessary to teach non-native speakers of English. The program focuses on language and cultural issues, methodologies and curriculum design. A major or minor in English, modern languages, bilingual education or equivalents desired.

The TESOL program allows graduates to work in K-12th grade settings. This program provides both the M.Ed. degree and ESL endorsement.

Why Study TESOL at Grand Valley?

  • The program is accredited by the National Council Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Education programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Faculty are experts in their field of study.
  • Students acquire strong field-based experiences in diverse settings.
  • The College of Educations faculty and staff value expertise to guide their practice, equity to guide their interactions, liberal education to guide their perspectives, and social responsibility to guide their commitment to democratic education. The College of Education values these ideals in preparation of candidates, development of faculty, and relationships with the larger community they serve.

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College of Education
401C DeVos
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter is September 15; spring/summer is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


All Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours. TESOL studies include:

  • Comprehension instruction
  • Curriculum design
  • Writing instruction
  • Cultural/diversity understanding
  • Literacy coaching
  • Language acquisition theory and practice
  • 21st century literacy skills
  • Teaching English learners
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching
  • Literacy in the disciplines