Bachelor of ArtsEducation - English as a Second Language Education (K-12)

You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective English as a second language teacher (K-12) and lifelong learner through coursework in language and society, history and principles of the English language, second language acquisition, and assessment. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 62 to 66 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the elementary education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Education - English as a Second Language Education (K-12) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for grades K through 12 English as a second language. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.


Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Sally Baas Professor of Teacher Education, Director of SEAT Program

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice. Because we design our teaching English as a second language program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching English as a second language within private or public elementary or secondary schools.

  • Public School ESL Teacher
  • Private School ESL Teacher

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