MA in Education: Diverse Needs—At-Risk Populations, Special Education, or Teaching English as a Second Language

Practitioners concentrate on special needs of diverse populations, with further focus in one of four areas of emphasis:

  1. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for MA degree and initial teaching license
  2. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for MA degree and add-on endorsement
  3. At-Risk Populations
  4. Special Education

This component contains a common core of courses that address language/literacy competence with diverse populations, intervention strategies for diverse learners, and developing leadership skills in teaming, collaboration and consultation with parents, school and community social agencies. In Virginia, initial teaching licensure is available in TESL with additional course work, a supervised practicum, and an internship.

A foundations course in Curriculum & Instruction is required of candidates without a teaching license as an elective prior to taking EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners and EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change.

Diverse Needs: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

NOTE: Course requirements may change as the program evolves. Candidates are accountable for completing the program of study listed in the catalog for the year in which they entered the program.

Learn more about the core curriculum of EMU’s master of arts in education.

A. Program Core (12 hrs.)

[Early in program]

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3 hrs.)

[Later in program]

  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy)

B. Concentration Area (24 hrs.)

  • EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 hrs.)
  • EDSL 571 Language Acquisition and Grammar (3 hrs.)
  • EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hrs.)
  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 hrs.)
  • (in VA) EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3 hrs.)
  • (in PA) EDSL 541 Foundations of ESL (3 hrs.)
  • (in VA) EDLA 511 Literacy Assessment (3 hrs.)
  • or **EDSL 591 ESL Assessment and Support (3 hrs.) (substitutes for EDLA 511)
  • (in VA) EDPC 601 Practicum: TESL (3 hrs.)

C. Reflective Practice (3 hrs.)

  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project: TESL (3 hrs.)

NOTE: In addition, candidates who have not reached a level of proficiency in a foreign language at Intermediate Level II must take additional hours of foreign language to achieve that level. Candidates who have had equivalent course work may substitute elective replacements.

*For TESL licensure, students must take an English linguistics course and a specialized practicum to meet licensure requirements. A 14-week internship (7 semester hours) is required for candidates seeking TESL as an initial license.

**Required in Pennsylvania

Diverse Needs: At-Risk Populations

A. Program Core (12 hrs.)

[Early in program]

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3 hrs.)

[Later in program]

  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy)

B. Concentration Area (21 hrs.)

  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resiliency (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 501 At-Risk Issues in School and Community (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hrs.)
  • One course in literacy (3 hrs.)
  • Electives chosen from other MA in Education concentrations (6 hrs.)

C. Reflective Practice (3 hrs.)

  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project: At-Risk Populations (3 hrs.)

Diverse Needs: Special Education

A. Program Core (12 hrs.)

[Early in program]

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3 hrs.)

[Later in program]

  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy)

B. Concentration Area (21 hrs.)

  • EDDS 611 Curriculum and Instructional Support for Special Education Students (3 hrs.)
  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hrs.)
  • EDDS 511 Foundations and Procedural Issues in Special Education (3 hrs.)
  • Electives chosen from other MA in Education concentrations (9 hrs.)

C. Reflective Practice (3 hrs.)

  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project: Special Education (3 hrs.)
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