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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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Program Overview

Get to know our 100% online M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership in ESL degree

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as few as 18 months
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The M.Ed. Teacher Leadership – 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.

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.

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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Discover the value of our low-cost tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$11,682 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

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These are important dates you need to know

Our Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:12/18/21
Start Class:1/18/22

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/04/2021 09/07/2021 09/27/2021 11/07/2021
Fall 3 11/15/2021 10/18/2021 11/08/2021 12/19/2021
Spring I 01/18/2022 12/18/2021 01/15/2022 02/20/2022
Spring II 02/28/2022 02/08/2022 02/25/2022 04/03/2022
Spring III 04/11/2022 03/22/2022 04/08/2022 05/15/2022
Summer I 05/31/2022 05/11/2022 05/25/2022 07/03/2022
Summer II 07/11/2022 06/21/2022 07/08/2022 08/14/2022
Fall 2 10/04/2022 09/07/2022 09/27/2022 11/07/2022
Fall 3 11/15/2022 10/18/2022 11/08/2022 12/19/2022

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View the criteria for our online education ESL master’s degree

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

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

Official Transcripts

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.

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's degree will not be admitted.
  • 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.

Department of Teacher Education Admission Requirements

The Department of Teacher Education requires the following for admission to the department program. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting the other documents will be e-mailed separately if you are accepted to the program

  • Department Application with essay response
  • Teaching Certificate: Valid teaching certificate.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Two years 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.
  • Professional 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.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*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 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.


Take a look at the online M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership in ESL curriculum

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.

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 about how Engish language teachers' 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.
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.
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. Offered: Other
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the nature of language and its basic concepts (e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, semantics, discourse, pragmatics), the functions and registers of English language (e.g., social versus academic language), and the patterns and conventions of written and spoken English. It introduces the theories, concepts and research related to first and second language acquisition/learning, explores the specific features of the English language (grammar) and how those features function as a system, and addresses the current issues and challenges concerning the role of grammar in language teaching. Offered: Other
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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