Earning your Master of Arts in Education degree at Regis University

Earning your Master of Arts in Education degree at Regis University

As an educator, you want to meet the needs of all students in your classroom. Through up-to-date techniques and the latest research from academic leaders on how to connect with students, Regis’ Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse degree will prepare you to help bilingual learners meet the challenges of an English speaking classroom. You’ll graduate ready to teach your culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students to succeed academically.
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Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse

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Why should I focus on teaching the linguistically diverse?

According to a 2012 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 10 percent of public school students in the United States are English Language Learners (ELLs). The need is magnified right here in Colorado – according to the Colorado Department of Education, the number of English Learners in Colorado’s public schools has grown by more than double the rate of growth in the total student population (38.1 percent vs. 15.1 percent). With less than five percent of Colorado’s teachers holding an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education, there may be no better opportunity to focus on teaching the linguistically diverse.

This degree provides a better understanding of the diversity you’ll encounter and will help facilitate the learning cycle for you and your students.

Is an emphasis on teaching the linguistically diverse for me?

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse degree is designed for educators looking to:

  • Take on leadership roles
  • Complement their current teaching licenses
  • Upgrade their skills and credentials
  • Meet the needs of all students in their classrooms

English language learners need your help to meet two simultaneous challenges: learning a new language while trying to master academic subjects. The achievement gaps between ELLs and non-ELL students are deeply rooted. By pursuing research-based teaching strategies, you can help these students reach their potential.

What will I learn in Regis’ MAE: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program?

Aligned with the Colorado Teacher Performance Standards, the program covers topics including:

  • Strategies for collaboration with diverse students and their families
  • Instruction in research-based methods
  • Examination of effective content-based strategies
  • Adapting curriculum materials and differentiation techniques
  • Formative and summative assessments

The design of the Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program follows the Jesuit mission of a values-centered education that shapes intelligent decision-making. For degree candidates, that means:

  • Research-based, active and reflective learning
  • A focus on social justice
  • High-quality instruction by practicing educators

Are Regis University’s graduate education programs accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States and a member of the North Central Association.

The Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program is endorsed and approved by the Colorado Department of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CDLE). The PLACE® test is not required for the CDLE endorsement.

What class formats are available?

Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse classes are held on campus and scheduled for working teachers – evenings, Saturdays and as summer intensives. They are also offered online in eight-week terms.

When do Master of Arts in Education classes start at Regis University?

Courses are offered in eight-week terms and 16-week semesters that begin in:

  • January
  • May
  • August

What are Regis students saying about the MAE: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program?

“I thought learning how language is constantly changing made me see how dynamic and complex language really can be. I always have thought my student’s native language was rich and was equally as important as English, but this class gave me a greater perspective on how all language have a complex syntax system, and made me realize how much language my students have acquired before they even walk through the classroom door.” – MAE student at Regis.

Meet our education faculty

Karla Esser, Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Arts in Education
Kelli Woodrow, Associate Professor, Education

Career Opportunities in Teaching the Linguistically Diverse

What careers can I get with a Master of Arts in Education degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) are in short supply and their skills are in demand. Many of our graduates will apply what they’ve learned to their teaching careers, but there are also opportunities outside the classroom, says thestudy.com, including:

  • Director or administrative staff for an English as a second language (ESL) program
  • Developer of English language materials for a private organization
  • Academic adviser with an educational institution
  • Government agency adviser
  • Private language arts tutor
  • Administrative or teaching staff at an English language center

Graduates will be prepared for future leadership roles in the school setting and beyond.

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a Master of Arts in Education degree?

The average salary for an ESL teacher is $55,000 according to 2015 data. Salary numbers for ESL teachers vary by title and experience, but below are figures for some common positions. All information is via indeed.com*.

  • ESL Coordinator: $85,000
  • ESL ESOL Tutor Teacher: $55,000
  • Instructional Coach Dual Language: $65,000
  • ESL PK Program Teacher: $70,000

* Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the M.A. in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Linguistically Diverse Education Academic Certificate (12 semester hours)
MAE 665H
Foundations of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Educators (3 SH)
MAE 665G Linguistics I: Language Acquisition (3 SH)
MAE 665E Teaching Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Educators (3 SH)
MAE 665I  Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (3 SH) 
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (21-23 semester hours total)
All courses listed above, plus:
MAE 605M Multicultural Perspectives (3 SH)
MAE 665P
Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Education (3 SH)
MAE 665R Linguistics II: Form and Function (3 SH)
MAE 665L Practicum for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (waived for practicing teachers), (2 SH)
Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse (33-35 semester hours)
All courses listed above, plus:
MAE 614
Action Research: Foundations (3 SH)
MAE 616
Action Research: Application (3 SH)
MAE 621 Curriculum Evaluation Theory and Application (3 SH)
MAE 610  Connecting Beliefs, Theory and Practice (3 SH) 

How to Apply

Take the next step in receiving a values-based education at Regis University by visiting the Master of Arts in Education admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists and requirements.

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