MEd in Teaching English as a Second Language

Theory and Practice in the Field of TESL

A part-time FULLY ONLINE cohort program.

The goal of this online graduate program is to develop specialized professionals in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

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Gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Key principles of applied linguistics for teachers
  • Second and foreign language acquisition
  • Second and foreign language teaching methods
  • English proficiency assessment
  • Second and foreign language writing
  • Language, discourse, and identity
  • Multilingual literacy and multimodality

Core Design Principles:

Integration of Theory and Practice

The courses and the learning tasks within each course are logically sequenced and scaffolded to facilitate the acquisition of the types of professional competence that TESL educators are expected to have. Course assignments are carefully designed to engage students in authentic learning and assessment tasks that will lead to the acquisition of four types of competence:

  1. Theoretical Competence

For most of the MEd TESL courses, one of the assignments is a theoretical one, such an inquiry or research paper, which facilitates the understanding of concepts, theories, professional jargon, terms, taxonomies, frameworks, historical overview, and current trends in the discipline.

  1. Analytical Competence

For most of the MEd TESL courses, an assignment focuses on analysis, interpretation, and/or critique.

  1. Practical Competence

Most courses include a practical assignment for which students are expected to design and create professional products, discourses, genres, instruments, or artifacts, such as: lesson and/or unit plans, teaching materials, assessment instruments, or portfolios.

  1. Collaborative Competence

An assignment consists of contributions to the online Discussion Board. Students are expected to post a number of individual reflections on course readings and engage in asynchronous dialogue with their peers.

The nature of the program is highly collaborative. Students are encouraged to:

  • Share their knowledge, ideas, and resources, and establish career-long professional relationships with their peers.
  • Post their assignments on the Discussion Board.
  • Give and receive peer feedback.
  • Give other students permission to use their products in their future practice. This way, the professional artifacts created by a cohort become a professional database or repository.

Relevant Content

All the courses in the program are relevant to the intended student population in the area of TESL. Instructors are highly knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. The required readings, learning tasks, and assignments are current, relevant, intellectually engaging, and with clear pedagogical implications.

Multimodality and Creativity

The course shells contain a variety of multimodal learning resources, such as links to online videos and websites, documents with enabling learning tasks, step-by-step instructions, mini-lectures given by program instructors, expert advice, and so on.

Learner-Centred Format

The course assignments give students the freedom to focus on the area of TESL in which they are interested, such as adult EFL education, K-12 EFL education, adult ESL education, or K-12 ESL education. Assessment criteria are clearly specified from the beginning of the course.

User-Friendly Format

Course syllabi and shells are organized in a clear, consistent, and systematic manner. The course shells are user-friendly and easy to navigate, with step-by-step instructions and suggestions.

Proposed Schedule

The 30-credit program is offered part-time over a period of two years and two terms, with scheduling designed to accommodate the needs of practicing teachers and educators. All courses are online and asynchronous, and electives can be taken any time during the program.

Note: This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

START DATE AND LENGTH COURSE TITLE COURSE CODE
Sept 2022 (13 weeks) Applied Linguistics for Teachers LLED 489B
Jan 2023 (13 weeks) Theory and Research in Teaching English as a Second Language LLED 572
May 2023 (6.5 weeks) Theories of Second Language Acquisition LLED 573
Sept 2023 (13 weeks) Second Language Assessment: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches LLED 526
Jan 2024 (13 weeks) Language, Discourse and Identity LLED 510
May 2024 (6.5 weeks) Theory and Research in Teaching Second Language Writing LLED 574
Sept 2024 (13 weeks) Introduction to Research Methods EDUC 500
Jan 2025 (13 weeks) Graduating Project LLED 590

Elective Courses

In addition to the 8 required courses, students must take 2 approved electives. Electives can be taken at any time during the program. Only one elective can be at the 400-level, the other must be at the 500-level. The selection of the elective courses must be approved by the Cohort Advisor.

Examples of graduate elective courses offered online at UBC:

      • LLED 558 Literacy and Multimodality
      • ETEC 542 Culture and Communication in Virtual Learning Environments
      • EPSE 502 Cognition, Language and Literacy Processes in Education
      • EPSE 512 Critical Issues in Special Education

Examples of undergraduate elective courses offered online at UBC:

      • LLED 479 The Education of Immigrant Students
      • LLED 459 Trends and Issues in Literacy instruction
      • LLED 481 Digital Media in English Language Arts Education
      • LLED 442 Trends and Issues in Teaching Children’s Literature
      • LLED 446 Teaching with Illustrated Materials, K-12: From Picture Books to Information Texts

The selection of the elective courses has to be approved by the Cohort Advisor. Approved electives may also be taken at other universities, subject to the terms of  Visiting Graduate Students.

START DATE & LENGTH COURSE
TITLE
COURSE
CODE
Sept 2020 (13 weeks) Applied Linguistics for Teachers LLED 489B
Jan 2021 (13 weeks) Theory and Research in Teaching English as a Second Language LLED 572
May 2021 (6.5 weeks) Theories of Second Language Acquisition LLED 573
Sept 2021 (13 weeks) Second Language Assessment: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches LLED 526
Jan 2022 (13 weeks) Language Discourse, and Identity LLED 510
May 2022 (6.5 weeks) Theory and Research in Teaching Second Language Writing LLED 574
Sept 2022 (13 weeks) Introduction to Research Methods EDUC 500
Jan 2023 (13 weeks) Graduating Project LLED 590

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  1. A completed three- or four-year undergraduate degree.
  2. Minimum GPA of 76% average on all senior-level credits.
  3. Appropriate background in Teaching English as a Second Language, which includes at least 18 credits of relevant senior coursework (e.g., in English Language and Literature, Applied Linguistics, Education, or a related area).
  4. Two years full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagements within schools, community centres, non-governmental organizations and other education-oriented environments.
  5. A CV (resumé)
  6. Three letters of recommendation.
  7. A 500-word statement of intent that outlines the applicant’s academic strengths and the specific interests he or she would like to pursue in the online MEd in TESL.
Note: In cases where applicants have also completed graduate level coursework toward a master’s or doctoral level program, or as an unclassified student, this coursework is assessed separately. A considerably higher standing may be required because of competitive demand.

Application Status: CLOSED
Application deadline: Closed

Tuition

Refer to the UBC Calendar "Master of Education (program off-campus)" for confirmed and up-to-date fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).

Please note the below listed tuition fees do not include student fees.

2022 Tuition Fees

Program Domestic Tuition International Tuition
MEd in Teaching English as a Second Language – Professional Cohort $15,752.56 CAD $16,697.44 CAD
The above tuition fees are the approximate cost for the entire program.

Have questions? We’ve got answers!

Meet the Program Advisor – Dr. Andreea Cervatiuc – as well as the Program Assistant, and learn more about this program and about applying to become a UBC graduate student.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program.



Missed our info sessions? View the PDF slides from our info session on Tuesday, January 18, 2022:

 

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LLED This program is offered by the Department of Language & Literacy Education.