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Dual-Title MA TESOL/Bilingual Education and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership


This dual-degree Program implements the objectives of both programs being combined i.e. MA TESOL/Bilingual Education program and M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.

In collaboration with the State of Delaware, the purpose of Delaware State University’s Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is to prepare educators for prominent leadership and service positions in Schools and other educational institutions. Through a rigorous educational foundation and directed field experience, students emerge as viable candidates for leadership positions. Since 2002, the master’s program has been consistently adjusted to meet the current needs of K-12 education institutions. At Delaware State University, students find a unique balance between rigorous research, serious academic studies, collegiality, and personal development. Students are prepared to make data-driven decisions to serve authentically and lead with integrity. Students hone their personal leadership style, create a new career path and learn to meet the challenges in any situation. This program provides the confidence, credibility and knowledge to pursue a career as a principal or assistant principal and in administrative posts related to education, empowering students to bring their school/institution to new levels of efficiency and productivity. This program does not provide a licensure or a certification and will not certify a student as a school teacher, principal, assistant principal, or Certified Central Office Personnel. Most states require a Master of Education to gain licensure to become a principal or assistant principal. More information about the requirements for principal/assistant principal certification in the State of Delaware can be found at: http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/1500/1591.shtml

The MA TESOL/Bilingual Education program is designed to provide students with fundamental skills and entry-level credentials for teaching English to speakers of other languages. The program prepares students to teach non-native speakers of English in community programs, language schools, and other similar programs both in the United States and internationally.


TESOL/Bilingual Education SLOs:

Student Learning Outcomes have been established in accordance with and based directly on the TESOL International Association standards for TESOL. 

  • SLO 1:  Language – Candidates will understand language as a system of communication and be knowledgeable about major theories related to the structure and acquisition of language.
  • SLO 2: Culture – Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the role of culture in instruction, and that culture and language are inseparable.
  • SLO 3: Instruction – Candidates will be able to effectively plan and provide evidence-based instruction that leads to learner language development.  Further, they will be able to identify and use resources and technology that best supports learner development.
  • SLO 4: Assessment – Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the purposes and types of assessment tools, and how to best implement them to assess learner language skill and communicative ability. 
  • SLO 5: Professionalism – Candidates understand the importance of, and are able to independently develop through classroom research and professional development opportunities.  Further, they demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and behavior in the field of TESOL.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership SLOs:

  • SLO 1: Candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop, articulate, implement and promote a vision of learning for educational institutions at building level.
  • SLO 2: The students will be able to develop high order analytical thinking and demonstrate skills to effectively integrate emerging technology applications for planning and managing information from a practitioner’s point of view.
  • SLO 3: The candidates will be able to learn and display the skills of management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment and utilize technology for effective decision making.
  • SLO 4: The candidates will be able to understand and act on issues relating to diversity, social justice, and equity, including attention to special population of students and the school community.
  • SLO 5: The candidates will be able to learn how to think critically and solve problems through knowledge comprehension and analytical inquiry to demonstrate their intellectual creativity and research-based decision making.
  • SLO 6: The candidates will be able to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills to incorporate, ethical, legal and professional behaviors to increase equitable educational opportunities and academic achievements for diverse population of students.
  • SLO 7: The candidates will be able to exhibit instructional leadership skills in working with school personnel on issues of instruction, curriculum, culture, and professional development within the school.


Application Deadlines:

Applications received on a rolling basis.

All Applicants are required to:

Applicants must meet all graduate school requirements. 

Applicants must either:

  • show evidence that they have earned a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in an aligned discipline with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0, possess the ability to do graduate work of high quality, and meet language proficiency requirements for English (and target language for those pursuing bilingual education); or,
  • be a current undergraduate student with senior status with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  Undergraduate applicants may apply during their junior year, and must also submit a letter of recommendation from their advisor, in addition to the two required letters of recommendation.  Undergraduate admits to the program may complete the TESOL/Bilingual Education course requirements during their senior year, but must complete their bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the M.Ed. Educational Leadership coursework.

Applicants must submit one official transcript from all previous undergraduate and graduate work, two letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word statement of purpose indicating educational career goals and experience.

Applicants pursuing K-12 certification (only) must have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, a primary teacher education program. 

International applicants without a college degree from a U.S. institution must also have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (iBT), 576 (paper), or an IELTS of 6.5.


Dual-Title MA TESOL/Bilingual Education and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree requires the completing of 48 credit hours, consisting of 33 credit hours of M.Ed. in Educational Leadership courses and 15 credit hours of MA TESOL/Bilingual Education program courses.


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