Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: Emphasis TESOL/Bilingual


Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: Emphasis TESOL/Bilingual EDUCATION

The Master of Education: Curriculum & Instruction program, consisting of 36 credits with concentrations in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, prepares already-certified teachers to effectively educate culturally and linguistically diverse students in a variety of classroom contexts. Successful completion of the program fulfills the Idaho State Department of Education requirements for a K-12 endorsement in English as a New Language (ENL). An additional six upper division credits in Spanish and one additional field experience credit will meet the requirements for an additional endorsement in Bilingual Education. The program aims to provide significant theoretical perspectives from the research literature surrounding second language acquisition and educational model designs, while maintaining a strong focus on classroom practice and application.

Requirements for Admission to the M.Ed. program

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA in the most recent 30 credits.
  • Completed application form.  (Please see link at the top of this page.)
  • An essay describing your beliefs about teaching/learning and your reasons for wishing to enroll in the MEd program.
  • The email addresses of two individuals who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program and your effectiveness as a teacher. Possible references could be from a principal with whom you have worked, one of your college professors, or a colleague. Using the addresses provided, the Education Department will send these individuals a recommendation form to complete.

The information listed above should be submitted electronically or mailed to: Education Department, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432 

The link to the online application is at the top of this page.

Questions regarding the MEd program should be addressed to the Education Department at (208) 459‑5600 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected].

Requirements for Graduation

To earn an MEd degree at The College of Idaho, a candidate’s graduate course work must be completed with a grade of B or better.  Graduates of the program are required to complete a thesis approved by a thesis committee and the department chair. All course work and the thesis must be completed within five years of matriculation into the program. Candidates must be continually enrolled while completing the program. If all course work has been completed except the thesis, the candidate must enroll in EDU-681 Thesis Completion each term until the thesis has been accepted by the thesis committee and the department chair. The responsibility rests with candidates to see that their program of study satisfies all the requirements.

 Course Requirements

  • EDUSPA-101 Spanish for Educators I (1 cr)
  • EDUSPA-102 Spanish for Educators II (1 cr)
  • EDUSPA-103 Spanish for Educators III (2 cr)
  • EDU-501 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 cr)
  • EDU-502 Theoretical Foundations for Bilingual Educ. & ESL (3 cr)
  • EDU-503 Second Language Acquisition Theory & Practice (3 cr)
  • EDU-504 Multicultural Literature for Children & Adolescents (3 cr)
  • EDU-505 Foreign Language ESL & Bilingual Methods (3 cr)
  • EDU-512 Linguistics (3 cr)
  • EDU-513 Curriculum Design (3 cr)
  • EDU-598 Field Experience (1 cr)*
  • EDU-599 Practicum (1 cr)
  • EDU-612 Research Methods & Design (3 cr)
  • EDU-698 Research Seminar (1 cr; 3 required)
  • EDU-634 Current Trends in Education (3 cr)

* Required for the Bilingual endorsement

Policy for Waiving M.Ed. Requirements Based on Previous Coursework

On a case by case basis, the Department of Education will determine whether previous coursework may be accepted to partially fulfill requirements of the MEd program. The decision shall be determined by an analysis of transcripts and syllabi of coursework previously completed and proposed to be current and equivalent to the MEd program course sequence.

 As a general guideline, the department:

  • Will accept credits of all foreign language coursework completed at an accredited institution of higher education or through a credible study abroad program, for coursework that was evaluated and reported on an official transcript with the grade of C or higher.
  • Will accept senior level or graduate level course equivalents, based on an analysis of the original course syllabi and reflecting a grade of B or higher on the official transcript. The analysis shall take into consideration the recency of course completion as well as course content and objectives, texts and materials utilized, and assignments completed.
  • Will not accept workshops or coursework graded on a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.