You can make a difference in the lives of those who speak limited English. Carlow University’s Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on curriculum design, will prepare you for leadership positions in education with public, private or nonprofit organizations. 

More than half of the coursework for the English as a Second Language program is completed at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in nearby Homestead, where students receive specific professional development skills related to current research and best instructional practices. 

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required: 

33 total credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/Carlow credit

$499/AIU course

Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months


On campus or online

You will study inquiry models of instruction, training for technology fluency, interdisciplinary models, advanced exploration of cognition, motivation research and studies of creativity in education. 

The English as a Second Language program features courses in cultural sensitivity, language development, and ESL assessment and support.  

Six ESL classes are taken at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The courses transfer to Carlow and are applied toward the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. This certificate program leads to an ESL endorsement through the AIU for individuals with a Pennsylvania teaching license. Students should register on the AIU website.

Quick facts

  • Upgrade your professional credentials
  • Take courses at night or online in an 8-week format
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
  • Apply without your GRE
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Career opportunities for MEd in English as a Second Language

With English as the world’s dominant language, institutions providing ESL instruction have increased worldwide. In addition to teaching in person and online, graduates may become ESL textbook editors, curriculum and instruction designers, or researchers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17% from 2016 to 2026, the fastest of any education level. Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029 as states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data.

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Meet our Alumni


Director of Special Education, Provident Charter School

"When deciding to attend graduate school, Carlow University was a natural choice, not only because of its familiarity, but also because of the various degree options."


Head Teacher, Child’s World Daycare

"I especially loved The Campus Laboratory School. It was a chance to experience the design of different classrooms, closely observe many teaching styles, and practice using different instructional strategies in a supportive environment."


Chemistry Teacher, Avonworth School District

"I want to take this moment and thank Dr. Keely Baronak and the whole Carlow team for the education and experiences I've gained from the MEd Secondary Education program. I'm excited to represent Carlow in my new home."

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You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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