Master of Education - English Language Learning


The M.Ed. in English Language Learning (ELL) is designed to provide comprehensive educator preparation for individuals with baccalaureate degrees interested in working with dual language learners (DLLs) or English language learners (ELLs) in various contexts (PreK-12; English as a Second Language with adult learners; English as a Foreign Language internationally). The M.Ed. in ELL includes coursework required for endorsements to teach ELLs in PK-12 settings. The program includes an English Language Learning or Bilingual Education track to allow students to narrow their focus of study.

Available Options

  • English Language Learning Track

    The M.Ed. in - English Language Learning program is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees who are interested in working with English language learners in various contexts (P-12; ESL with adult learners; EFL internationally).

    All graduate students are held responsible for the requirements and academic policies established by the Graduate College.

    In addition, the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies has established requirements. While these requirements may be obtained from an academic advisor, they are briefly outlined here.

    The master's degree program requires a minimum of 37 semester hours of approved studies and an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses counted toward the degree. Six of these semester hours are in research (3) and multicultural perspectives (3).

    Master's degrees must be completed within a six-year period, and continuous enrollment must be maintained throughout the six years, unless a formal request for a leave of absence is approved by the department and Graduate College.

  • Bilingual Education Track


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program:

  • Scholars will (SW) demonstrate understanding of language as a system (phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics) and develop learning experiences that support ELLs language and literacy development in all content areas (Language).
  • SW construct supportive learning environments for ELLs through application of major theories and research related to the role of culture in learning and language acquisition (Culture).
  • SW plan, implement, and manage high quality standards-based ESL and content instruction integrating evidence-based practices and technology to simultaneously develop content and language skills (Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction).
  • SW demonstrate understanding in the selection, use and interpretation of cognitive, academic, and linguistic assessments for ELLs (Assessment).
  • SW utilize historical perspectives, current policy, and advances in the research field to improve instructional practices and advocacy in the field of ELL education (Professionalism).

Career Possibilities

  • PK-12 curriculum coordinator; instructional coach (if licensed)
  • Community college instructor
  • Higher education staff
  • Community-based organizations
  • English as a second/foreign language instructor abroad or in the corporate world


Loading from UNLV Catalog…


Master of Education - English Language Learning

English Language Learning Track

Bilingual Education Track


Graduate Coordinator

Sharolyn D. Pollard-Durodola, Ed.D.


CEB - 152

Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education

The Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education (EMS) is designed and dedicated to prepare professionals for specialized services in schools, community agencies, and higher education settings. We promote and embrace the concept of cultural diversity and we affirm our commitment to the ethical standards of our respective disciplines.


College of Education

The College of Education creates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service.

General Inquiries