ESOL Literacy

Master of Education

Program Requirements

Program Design

The Master of Education in ESOL Literacy program is designed to meet four sets of professional standards: Delaware Professional Teaching Standards (DPTS), Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), National Council for Accreditation Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Master of Education in ESOL Literacy program. A total of 33 credits are required for completion.

Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290.

The regulation states, in part:

Content Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect January 1, 2015)

“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”

Performance Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect July 1, 2016)

“Where a performance assessment is applicable and available in an area appropriate to the Program in which a Candidate is enrolled, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score as a requirement to Exit the Program. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit, and shall be scored by Certified Reviewers.”

The instrument selected by Wilmington University as a required exit assessment for the M.Ed. in ESOL Literacy is ETS PRAXIS II exam #5361, English to Speakers of Other Languages. Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 149 prior to receiving a grade in MRD 7950 Available Online. The assessment is administered and scored by ETS. Scores must be submitted directly to Wilmington University by ETS.

Candidates must satisfy all exit requirements in order to be eligible for completion and conferral of the degree.

Candidates must consult with program advisors and/or the program chair to obtain the most current information about assessments and other graduation requirements.

Course Requirements

Core Education Courses

(this list does not represent the recommended sequence)

MED 6102 E-Folio 0 credits

MLL 7401 Available Online Structure of English Language in English Language Learners

MLL 7402 Available Online Second Language Acquisition

MLL 7405 Available Online Teaching Literacy for English Language Learners

MLL 7406 Available Online Methods of Teaching English Language Learners K-12 (semester)

MRD 7801 Available Online Language Development

MRD 7802 Available Online Process and Acquisition of Literacy

MRD 7803 Available Online Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading and Writing

MRD 7804 Available Online Literature and Non-Fiction Books/Materials for Children and Adolescents (semester)

MRD 7805 Available Online Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

Clinical Courses: All Clinical courses are semester courses

MLL 7403 Available Online Assessment of Second Language Learners

MRD 7950 Available Online Seminar in Reading Research

Qualifications for a Degree

To qualify for a Master of Education in ESOL Literacy, a candidate must complete all courses: core and clinical, for a total of 33 semester credits. The MLL Content Test, which assesses knowledge of instructional competencies necessary for success in teaching ELLS, skills, strategies and materials, must be taken online and during MRD 7950 Available Online, Seminar in Reading Research. The PRAXIS II 5361 English to Speakers of Other Languages must also be taken and passed at a level of 149 prior to receiving a grade in MRD 7950 Available Online. Praxis scores should be submitted to Wilmington University via ETS. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. An exit interview with the Program Chair or an advisor is required during MRD 7950 Available Online. The program must be completed within five years.

Delaware Certification

This is a state-approved program. The Master of Education in ESOL Literacy program can lead to Delaware K-12 certification as an ESOL teacher. The five MLL courses may be taken as a course of study. Additionally, a dual degree in MRD/ESOL may be obtained with the following changes:

  1. Completion of all MRD and five MLL courses, (requires substitution of MRD 7815 Available Online (5) for MRD 7805 Available Online (3), as well as
  2. Successful completion of outside requirements of both degrees (PRAXIS II 5301 (score of 164), Praxis ESL Subject Area Test (5361) (score of 149).

(See subsequent degree program description)


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.