Online Master of Science in English as a New Language

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Overview of the Online MS in English as a New Language Program

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, at least one year of teaching experience, and seek Indiana certification (Licensure program) or seek equivalent training without certification (Non-Licensure program) 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. Clinical field experiences are required.

The 15 credit-hour major in English as a New Language (ENL) identifies knowledge and skills based on current Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards. The program helps to develop 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 their state or jurisdiction. This could include teachers and leaders in the following schools: International schools, ACSI schools, charter schools, and private schools who have a standard state teaching license.

You’ll Learn To…

  • Articulate the progress of language acquisition and development and the role this process plays in students' educational.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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30 Total
$470/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

10 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • 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.
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to students with ENL needs to complete clinical experiences in a P-12 classroom.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release form.
  • Indiana Licensure 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.
  • Non-Licensure Candidates Need:
    • To be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public, non-public or international school, or community education program.

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

Clinical Experience Requirements

Clinical field experiences are required. Candidates may be eligible to 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. 


Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022