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English as a Second Language (ESL)


Program Overview

Although English learners continue to be the fastest-growing segment of the school-aged population, there is a critical shortage of teachers prepared to meet their needs. Accredited by the Michigan Department of Education, CMU's English as a Second Language (ESL) Minor and ESL Second Degree are highly-marketable degrees that prepare you to attain either an elementary or secondary ESL endorsement.

The ESL endorsement program can be completed via two options:

  1. The ESL Minor for students currently working on a B.S. in education.
  2. The ESL Second Degree for persons who already have a B.S. in education (usually in-service teachers).

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 24

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Highly qualified ESL teachers are in great demand throughout Michigan and the United States. A minor in this high-growth field prepares you to provide language support and instruction to English Learners in grades K through 12.

The program provides a strong foundation in ESL teaching methods, standards and assessments. From second language acquisition to how to design teaching materials and lesson plans, you’ll dive deep into the building blocks of a critical subject.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to:

  • Work with diverse student populations with varying levels of English language proficiency.
  • Understand the cultural basis of language and language learning.
  • Design appropriate curriculum and materials for English learners.

In addition to required courses, the minor requires two semesters (or the equivalent) of college-level experience in learning a foreign language. To attain a State of Michigan ESL teaching endorsement, candidates must also pass the English as a Second Language (086) Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

Program Highlights

As an ESL minor or second-degree student, you can:

  • Apply to be an ESL Minor Ambassador to help promote the program while gaining valuable professional development experiences.
  • Become World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)-certified.

Careers & Outcomes

This minor, paired with a B.S. in education, prepares you to teach in English as a Second Language (ESL) in the state of Michigan’s K-12 school system.

Career Projected Salary
Middle/High School Teacher $45,759
Elementary School Teacher $44,779
Curriculum and Instructional Designer/Developer $62,073
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