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Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online


This online degree program prepares teachers with the motivational, management and assessment skills to help English language learners succeed in the classroom and beyond. It is designed to meet the requirements for adding an additional ESL specialization to your teaching certification.

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The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online program introduces teachers to the design, methodologies and techniques of scientifically based educational research in making informed decisions that positively impact student achievement with particular emphasis on serving the needs of students with a primary language other than English.

icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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You will learn how to support student learning by building key relationships with school community stakeholders including students, teachers, faculty, parents and the community at large. You will also gain insight into the educational needs of English language learners and learn how to develop instructional programs to assist, instruct and support these learners, including the socio-cultural factors that affect their learning and aid in their transition to U.S. schools.

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$9,900 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Lamar University's online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall II 2019 10/7/2019 9/5/2019 10/3/2019 11/11/2019
Fall III 2019 11/18/2019 10/17/2019 11/14/2019 12/20/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 12/19/2019 1/16/2020 2/24/2020
Spring II 2020 3/2/2020 2/3/2020 2/27/2020 4/6/2020
Spring III 2020 4/13/2020 3/13/2020 4/9/2020 5/18/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/4/2020 5/28/2020 7/6/2020
Summer II 2020 7/13/2020 5/25/2020 7/9/2020 8/14/2020

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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.


Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Teaching Certificate: Students must have a valid state-issued teaching certificate upon enrolling in the program.
  • Teaching Experience: Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Department of Teacher Education Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Teacher Education requires the following for admission to the department program. These requirements will be solicited from you at the time your Apply Texas application is uploaded to the Lamar University data system. You can determine right now if your place of employment is approved by TEA.

  • Teaching Certificate: Must be valid.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Must have two years of teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.
  • Personal essay
  • Reference: Letter of reference from your principal

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

***Not applicable to out of state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


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*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.


Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework as outlined in the following degree plan. Participation in a specialization area may or may not lead to additional credentialing. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for certification and/or endorsement in a specialization area.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

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PEDG 5310: Research/Current Issues in Education

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use “scientifically-based research” in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.

PEDG 5326: School Community Relations

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a foundation for developing relationships with stakeholders within the school community; students, faculty, parents, and the community at large for the expressed goal of supporting student learning. A fundamental purpose of the course is to understand and implement strategies to develop essential partnerships between schools and the larger community to foster student learning and achievement.

PEDG 5327: Schools as Learning Communities

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides educators a basic understanding of the strengths and structure of learning communities with a focus on developing a culture of change and improvement for student learning. Special emphasis is given to facilitation skills, team building, and mentoring.

PEDG 5344: School Law

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.

PEDG 5367: Diverse Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course enhances teachers' ability to develop instructional programs to assess, instruct, and support students with diverse learning needs. Special emphasis is given to special education, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.

PEDG 5372: Using Assessment Data to Guide Instructional Decisions

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course supports teachers as they develop the competencies to utilize formative and summative assessment practices and data to inform and guide curriculum development and instruction. Special emphasis is given to analyzing classroom and school-based assessment results to aid in meeting the needs of diverse learners.

PEDG 5373: Student Expectations & Motivation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.

PEDG 5376: Practicing Teacher Leadership

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is a synthesis course where students will examine what they have studied and learned through the course of the program and reflect on how this new learning will impact their practices in their classroom and as teacher leaders on their campuses and/or in their districts. This course is presented in five weeks, with each week including readings from current research on the topic, lecture from Lamar University professors, discussion with your colleagues, and an assignment. Throughout the five weeks, you will explore the following topics: teacher leadership, professional portfolios, reflective practice, effective mentoring of novice teachers, and lifelong learning.

ENSL 5300: ESL Curriculum and Assessment (pending board approval)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on curriculum and assessment for ESL education. Course readings, assignments, and class discussions will constitute guides to thinking about the relationships among standards, lesson planning, and assessment. A key component of the course is to discuss issues and concepts of assessment and think through how English language learners' oral, reading and writing development is assessed using as guidelines the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) or similar standards from another state. The course also provides a general background in teaching and assessing ESL-Special Education students.

ENSL 5301: Methods and Approaches in Teaching ESL

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the methods and approaches for providing language and content instruction to English Language Learners (ELLs). The course also reviews types of ESL programs, relevant federal and state learning standards, socio-cultural factors affecting ELLs, and teaching strategies, classroom management techniques and instructional tools that support ELLs' learning and adjustment in U.S. schools. The goal of the course is not to provide simplistic recipes for instruction, nor does it argue for a singular approach or method. Instead, the course seeks to engender a critical awareness of the complexity of teaching ELLs and to encourage an understanding of the primary literature that informs ESL instruction.

ENSL 5302: Literacy for English Language Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the teaching of what have traditionally been called language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Rather than separating language instruction into discrete skills, this course emphasizes the integration of all language skills in teaching literacy. Strategies and techniques for effective literacy instruction for English language learners (ELLs) are presented and applied, and the relationship among schooling, literacy, and social and cultural life are explored. Additionally, strategies for increasing family and community involvement to support English language learners' literacy learning are addressed.

ENSL 5303: Understanding Language & Language Learning

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The first half of this course will focus on the nature of language and basic concepts of language system (e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, semantics, discourse, pragmatics), the functions and registers of language (e.g., social versus academic language) in English, the structure of the English language (e.g., word formation, grammar, vocabulary and syntax), and the patterns and conventions of written and spoken English. The second half of this course will address theories, concepts and research related to L1 and L2 acquisition/learning.

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