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Master's in English as a New Language

If you want to develop the knowledge and skills to teach English to students from diverse cultural backgrounds, discover the MS in English as a New Language program at Indiana Wesleyan University. In less than two years, you can become an English as a Second language teacher through online coursework and completing field experience in your current classroom. With this master’s level program, you can build on your bachelor’s education to become a more effective communicator, collaborator, and leader to students with diverse needs.

Why Pursue My MS in English as a New Language at IWU?

There are several benefits to earning your teaching English as a Second Language degree at IWU. With us, you can receive a nationally recognized, accredited education, and a complete system of supportive student services. We provide tech support, tutoring, and full-time chaplains to all our students. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career teaching English as a new language. Plus, we lock in the cost of your education once you start this program. This eliminates the worry of unexpected cost increases once you start classes.

What Will I Learn in This MS in English as a New Language Program?

This program is designed for students who want to become an English as a Second Language teacher. Courses span a wide variety of critical topics, including language acquisition, instructional strategies, classroom assessment, and more. All your classes will be taught by faculty with years of experience teaching students who are learning English for the first time. Their added insight can give you the confidence and skills to make a greater impact and facilitate positive outcomes for students learning the English language.   

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

36 Credit Hours


$480/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This MS in English as a New Language Program

The curriculum for this MS in English as a New Language covers how to:

  • Articulate the progress of language acquisition and development and the role this process plays in students' educational experience
  • Understand how students' primary culture plays a crucial role in their adaptation to school
  • Facilitate effective instruction by creating a supportive environment and implementing the appropriate activities for English language learners
  • Apply formal assessments and informal assessment strategies to optimize learner development
  • Build partnerships with students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to benefit CLD/ENL students
  • Apply biblical principles into your professional trajectory

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Department Chair in ENL
  • ENL Adjunct Faculty or Instructor for Bachelor’s Degrees
  • ENL Instructor or Teacher
  • Program Coordinator in ENL

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • 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 SILD FERPA Release form.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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. 

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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

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