MEd in Curriculum and Learning with a Concentration in Bilingual/ESL Education

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This program focuses on developing advanced practitioners in the fields of bilingual education and English speakers of other languages (ESOL). As part of the full master’s degree program in education, the concentration stresses principles of inquiry, theory, professional applications, and research. Students who are New Jersey certified teachers may also pursue, with additional requirements, an endorsement as either bilingual and/or ESL teachers.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that they can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program)
  •  A Standard New Jersey teaching license or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in a content area. (Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances).

Exit Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations, including one three-credit course in the social sciences selected with advisement and six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis. 
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.

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Application Deadline:

August 1: Fall semester
December 1: Spring semester
April 15: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Exit Requirements:

  • Successful completion of curriculum
  • A score of Advanced Low or higher on the Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) and Written Proficiency Tests (WPT) in English

These tests are required by the State of New Jersey. They are the official tool of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are administered by Language Testing International. For more information and current prices visit

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • A Standard New Jersey teaching certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).
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Dr. Gladys Vega
Program Director, Department of Languages and Cultures

Additional State of New Jersey Requirement

Students must pass oral proficiency interviews (OPIs) and Written Proficiency Tests (WPTS) through Language Testing International, as mandated by the State of New Jersey. The minimum acceptable score on the OPI in English is Intermediate High. The minimum acceptable score on the remaining exams is Advanced Low. For more information, please contact Professor Gladys Vega at