M.Ed. On Campus

English Language Learners

Vanderbilt University

24 months
2150 USD/credit 33325 USD/year
2150 USD/credit 33325 USD/year
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Gain the foundational and practical information you’ll need to effectively serve those who are learning English as a second language with the English Language Learners program of Vanderbilt University.


About the Program

The English Language Learners program of Vanderbilt University is open to students who already possess a state teaching license or who wish to pursue advanced study in teaching linguistically diverse students in international settings.

Multilingual students’ language and literacy learning is distinct from monolingual students’ learning. At the heart of our program is the push toward educational equity for multilingual learners too often relegated to learning environments that do not provide them with rigorous learning of languages and other academic disciplines.The graduate program in English Language Learning looks at cultural, cognitive, social, political, identity-oriented, and individual influences and processes on education.

The program offers three unique tracks:

  • Teaching English Language Learners in the U.S. requires intermediate proficiency in a language other than English.
  • Teaching English in an International Setting is open to students who wish to teach English language learners in an international setting. This track is aligned with Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) standards.
  • Language Studies and Development focuses on the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of linguistics and second language acquisition to help students understand the complexities of language learning. This 31-credit, non-licensure M.Ed. program is designed for students interested in developing in-depth understandings of linguistics and first and second language development and language variation from a variety of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies across qualitative and quantitative traditions.  

In the Department of Teaching and Learning, you are partners and future colleagues. Our vision is brought to life through collaborations with our students, partnering schools, community organizations, and the vibrant Vanderbilt community.

As a student in the ELL M.Ed. program, you will develop skills in pedagogy, curriculum design, and research analysis and writing that will enable them to enhance educational opportunities of multilingual learners in local and international contexts. You will analyze how pedagogical, programmatic, and political decision-making, as well as learning ecologies, support learners in learning multiple languages, expanding their communicative repertoire, and developing academic and life skills. Graduates can pursue careers as educators, advocates, and researchers alongside communities, families, and children who bring diverse cultural and linguistic resources to schools, classrooms, and other learning environments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • ELL Education
  • Educational Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Methods and Materials for ELL Education
  • Assessment of ELL Students
  • Writer’s Workshop for International Students
  • Educational Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Transcript(s) from prior undergraduate and graduate work. 
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, three preferred for our master's programs. Three letters of recommendation are required for our Ed.D. programs.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • International applicants must submit all of the above, plus the following: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33325 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    33325 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Nashville

1183 - 2197 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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