2021-2022 Catalog


MS - English as a New Language Major (Indiana Licensure)

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in English as a New Language is designed for licensed teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of teaching experience, and seek Indiana certification in English as a New Language (P-12). Candidates will complete a 30-credit hour program that is aligned to the TESOL Association’s professional standards and the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education’s advanced-level program standards. Field or clinical experiences are required.

The 15-credit-hour major in English as a New Language (ENL) identifies knowledge and skills based on current TESOL standards and develops candidates to engage in inquiry, research, dialogue, team learning, reflection, problem-based learning, collaboration, and standards-based assessment from a comprehensive P-12 perspective. The major satisfies Indiana’s program of study for an ENL endorsement, P-12. The 15-credit hours of core Education courses are designed to provide participants with methods and materials to deepen their teaching ability and help their own students learn, including culturally responsive teaching, ethics and faith, and research and technology tools. It aligns to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards. Course instruction is designed to model best practices and procedures in the classroom.

This program is a pathway for training for those who need to take the Indiana ENL assessment. In addition, this program is open to candidates from all states and countries; these candidates are responsible for determining how the Indiana endorsement could be applied to a license issued by another state or jurisdiction. This could include teachers and leaders in the following schools: International schools, ACSI schools both stateside and overseas, charter, and private schools.

Candidates who have completed this program should be able to:

  • Articulate the progress of language acquisition and development and the role this process plays in students' educational experience.
  • Recognize that students' primary culture plays a crucial role in their adaptation to school.
  • Facilitate instruction by creating a supportive environment and implementing the appropriate activities that promote learning for English language learners.
  • Use formal assessments and informal assessment strategies that include methods to promote learner development.
  • Build partnerships and serve as experts to support students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to benefit CLD/ENL students.
  • Apply Christ-like leadership by modeling personal integrity, communication skills, cultural responsiveness, and ethical/legal decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use research with an understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies.
  • Demonstrate ethical, Christ-like attitudes, values, and biblical worldview that encompass professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to classroom teaching in their professional behaviors. 
  • Apply advanced knowledge of student learning suitable for any student. 
  • Apply data literacy to develop or sustain supportive school environments.
  • Apply self-reflection and data analysis to improve their own teaching.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and participate in collaborative activities with others, such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents.
  • Apply technology appropriate for their field of specialization.
  • Demonstrate cultural knowledge and culturally responsive teaching that promotes student and school success.
  • Apply content knowledge and skills that the courses and other experiences of this advanced preparation emphasize.
  • Integrate global philosophies into their own educational practices.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the M.S. program with a major in English as a New Language, are as follows:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  • Candidates need:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license.
    • At least one year of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial P-12 school in the United States or abroad.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to students with ENL needs to complete clinical experiences in a P-12 classroom.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release form.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Field or clinical experiences are required. Candidates may complete field experience within their own classroom or school.

Licensure Testing

Candidates who wish to be recommended for the Indiana state license endorsement for English as a New Language must satisfy all completion requirements and receive a passing score on the required Indiana state English Learner assessment. Candidates who seek licensure in states other than Indiana bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the Master of Science with a major in English as a New Language (Indiana Licensure) program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought. 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the M.S. program, candidates must have completed the following:

  • Successful completion of the M.S. curriculum.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Provide evidence of a passing score for the Indiana licensure exam(s).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

MS - English as a New Language Major (Indiana Licensure) - Program of Study

English as a New Language Courses

EDEL-510Language Acquisition in Classroom Instruction


EDEL-520The Impact of Culture in the Classroom for the CLD/ENL Teacher


EDEL-530Instructional Strategies for the CLD/ENL Student


EDEL-540Classroom Assessment for the CLD/ENL Student


EDEL-550Developing Vital Partnerships and Advocacy in a CLD/ENL Program


Total Credit Hours:15

Core Courses

EDUC-510How We Learn


EDUC-520The Faithful Teacher


EDUC-530The Craft of Teaching


EDUC-600Classroom Action Research Tools


EDUC-630Research in My School


Total Credit Hours:15

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