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. Regis’ Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse degree will provide you with the latest research on how students develop as bilingual learners. You’ll graduate prepared to help your culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students succeed academically.
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M.A. in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse

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Before applying you should ask yourself the following questions:

Why should I focus on teaching the linguistically diverse?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 9.2% of public school students in the United States were English Language Learners (ELLs) in the 2012-13 school year. As that percentage grows, you’ll have increased interactivity with bilingual students over the lifetime of your career. 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
  • Teach abroad

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

This course of study is an approved Colorado Department of Education program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CDLE) endorsement. Once the required coursework is completed, you may take the PLACE® test and apply to the Colorado Department of Education for the 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.

Meet our education faculty

Joan Armon, Associate Professor, Education
Heidi Barker, Associate Professor, Education
John Cross, Professor, Education
Elizabeth Grassi, Associate Professor, Education
Nan Williams, Assistant 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

Career Services at Regis provides you with the resources and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose a degree program, 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 Career Services page.

What salary can I get 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

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

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (Earned graduate credits may be considered in lieu of GPA requirement as approved by the program director)
  • Valid teaching license
  • Ongoing teaching experience with students and/or teachers
  • Competency in reading, writing and speaking English

Application

Application Includes:

  • A valid teaching license, or evidence of teaching experience 
  • Official transcripts
    Send official transcripts to:
    Regis University Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd., P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Electronic transcripts may be sent to: sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
  • Application fee
  • Essay addressing one of the following:
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program: Write about your perceptions of ESL/Bilingual/Multicultural Education.
    • Teacher Leadership Program: Write about key characteristics reflected in teacher leaders that you feel positively impact teachers’ professional learning and student achievement.