MSCI - English as a Second Language

MSCI - English as a Second Language

MSCI - English as a Second Language (ESL)

There are more than 1 million English Learners (ELs) in Texas schools (TEA, 2017) and more than 4.8 million across the nation (NCES, 2016). This means that a teacher will have a good chance of encountering ELs during their teaching career. Courses in the English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration are fully online and offer authentic experiences for students as they have the opportunity of practical experiences in educational settings. By being part of the ESL concentration, teachers can make a difference in their ELLs!

Featured Courses


ESL 500 - Foundations of ESL Education

This course studies the conceptual, linguistic, sociological, historical, political, and legal foundations of ESL education. The course presents an overview of the types of ESL and bilingual programs and the principles of effective ESL education, as well as theory and research supporting best teaching practices for English Language Learners (ELLs). It studies the impact of legislation, family involvement, and community support in the education of immigrant children and, in particular, of ELLs. 

ESL 572 - Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs)

This course studies the conditions for developing English as a Second Language (ESL) and effective teaching strategies for the ESL classroom. It is the second language acquisition process and the factors that affect L2 development. It provides students with research-based teaching strategies for developing and assessing academic English.

ESL 575 - United States Hispanic Culture and Civilization

This course explores the many facets of the Latina/o experience in the U.S. and the specific histories and cultures that mark the trajectories of individual Hispanic sub-ethnic groups and their representation including the history of the most representative Hispanic communities, including those that constitute the greatest part of the category "Latina/o:" Chicano/Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans/Nuyoricans, and Cuban Americans.