M.Ed. in Literacy Studies - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) emphasis provides training in linguistics principles and their applications; theories of language acquisition; issues of language and culture; methodology and curriculum design; assessment of second language competencies; and critical issues in multilingual, multicultural education. The K-12 ESL Endorsement Program is designed for teachers interested in engaging language learners in classroom activities. Students have the option to pursue either the ESL endorsement or the master’s degree.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and adheres to standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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Career Outlook and Opportunities

$76,000 MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE

HIGHEST 10% EARNED MORE THAN $170,160

15% JOB GROWTH

(2016-2026)

The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $76,000 in May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $170,160. The overall employment of postsecondary teachers was projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time postsecondary teachers were included in this projection. Literacy studies graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Professor

Course Offerings

Full and part-time degree-seeking students have the option to choose either the Master's Degree (minimum of 33 credit hours) or the ESL Endorsement (24 credit hours). The two tracks are interconnected. Students who complete the ESL Endorsement courses will have the option of adding three more courses (9 credit hours) to obtain their Master's Degree.

See the program plans for TESOL and ESL below and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions.

The College of Education has agreements with the following school districts that allow students to complete either of the two tracks as part of a cohort program:

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) - GVSU ESL Teacher Cohort: Welcoming GRPS teachers to join.
  • Charter School Detroit Center TESOL/ESL Cohort: Welcoming both GVSU charter schools and National Heritage Academies (NHA) charter school teachers to join.
  • Charter School West Michigan TESOL Cohort: Welcoming GVSU charter school teachers to join.

TESOL Program

  • Program Type: The TESOL program allows graduates to work in K-12th grade settings. This program provides both the M.Ed. degree and ESL endorsement.
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for English as a Second Language (086). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The TESOL program leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) English as a Second Language certification (NS endorsement).
  • Student Outcomes for Literacy Studies - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.Ed.

Download the TESOL Program Plan

ESL Endorsement Program

  • Program Type: The ESL endorsement allows graduates to work in K-8th grade settings or 6-12th grade settings. This program provides ESL endorsement.
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for English as a Second Language (086). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The ESL endorsement program leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) English as a Second Language certification (NS endorsement).

Download the ESL Endorsement Plan


Admissions Requirements

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

Early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be admitted on the basis of program approval. When all application materials have been received, Admissions will forward the complete portfolio for consideration to the College of Education – Student Information and Services Center. Once an application is complete, candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.

  • May 15 — Fall Semester Application Intake
  • September 15 — Winter Semester Application Intake
  • February 15 — Spring/Summer Semester Application Intake

View the Admissions Requirements for Literacy Studies

Program Director

Rui Niu-Cooper, Ph.D.
(616) 331-6669
niucoope@gvsu.edu


Cost

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


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