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M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education with Focus on Bilingual/ESL


The M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education prepares experienced teachers to be socially responsible practitioner scholars who work and learn within multicultural and multilingual contexts. Recognized nationally by TESOL, the MS. Ed. In Literacy Education with a focus on Bilingual/ESL prepares you with the knowledge and skills to foster literacy and language development for all learners across the lifespan.

Does this degree include the ESL endorsement?

As part of this degree, you will complete coursework for the Bilingual/ESL endorsement. 

How long does it take to earn this degree?

At 33 credits, this degree will take you approximately 2-3 years to complete. If you've started coursework elsewhere, no problem! You are able to transfer up to 15 credits.

What courses will I take?

Methods of Foundations of Language-Minority Education

Multicultural Education: Methods and Materials

Applied Linguistics for Teachers in Multilingual Classrooms

Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language in Content Areas

Teaching Language-Minority Students in Bilingual Programs-Methods and Materials

Assessment of Language-Minority Students

How do I apply?

Apply to the NIU Graduate School as a Degree Seeking student or Student-at-Large (non-degree status).

Completed M.S.Ed. application packets including two letters of recommendation, the completed application, fees, career goal statement, college transcripts and test scores (GRE or MAT) should be sent to the NIU Graduate School.

A candidate may take a course as a Student-at-Large while waiting to be officially admitted into the program.


Mayra Daniel 
(815) 753-8379
Gabel Hall 147E


James Cohen

Mayra Daniel

Brenda Oriana Aranda

John Evar Strid

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