English as a Second Language

Master of Education - Online

Engaging Learners in Language

Why Earn an M.Ed. in English as a Second Language through Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Inspire the Next Generation of English Learners

If you have been a teacher for any length of time, you know that students face their own unique set of challenges in the classroom. But imagine going to school and not even knowing the language your classmates and teachers speak. By earning a master’s degree in ESL, you will be equipped to engage with speakers of other languages in PreK-12 classrooms and watch them discover the wonder of language acquisition.

This predominately online program leads to the Pennsylvania Program Specialist Endorsement in ESL for teachers already holding a Pennsylvania Instruction I or II certification. Students may complete the six courses for ESL certification only or complete the entire program for the master’s degree with ESL certification.

What Makes our Program Different?

LBC | Capital’s program is designed for active educators who seek a convenient, online learning experience that fits with their busy lifestyle. The mission of the Education Department at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School guides our thinking and practice. We exist to prepare and disciple teachers to be relevant, relational and reflective practitioners who think biblically and impact the educational community.  When you earn your M.Ed. from LBC | Capital, you will experience:

  • Knowledgeable, compassionate faculty who teach and mentor
  • Opportunities to develop your research skills
  • Field placements to hone your skills
  • Enriched practice through the lens of a biblical worldview
Your Journey

Program Credits: 39

Locations: Online,


Master of Education (M.Ed.)
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Course Length: 8 weeks, a few courses are 16 weeks

Average Completion Time: 2-3 years

Residency: Check with the program director

Program Cost: See current cost

Application Deadline: Fall Semester: August 1, Spring Semester: December 1, Summer Semester: April 1

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“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” – Luke 6:40

In This Program, Students Will…

  • Demonstrate ability as an English as a Second Language teacher.
  • Understand his/her identity as a teacher and leader.
  • Lead within the classroom, school and larger educational community.
  • Reflect on practice and make evidence-based decisions.
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues, families and the community.
  • Think and live through the lens of a biblical worldview.


M.Ed. English as a Second Language (39* Credits)

M.Ed. Core Courses:15 Credits
ESL Courses:24 Credits
Biblical & Theological Studies:4 Credits

*Students may need to take 4 credits of Bible & Theology.

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and further details about this program.

Meet the Faculty

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Julia Hershey, D.Ed.

Associate Provost for Academics

“Parker Palmer says, “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” This challenges me to continue to develop my inner life and relationship with the Lord, so that my teaching can flow from that place.” —Dr. Hershey

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Bob Dodson, Ed.D.

Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator

“I have found that teaching is more about building relationships than imparting knowledge. Both are important, but knowing my students makes me a better teacher.” — Dr. Dodson

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Stacey Martin, Ed.D.

Education Department Chair

“Preparing tomorrow’s teachers to be the leaders God has called them to be – I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do!” — Dr. Martin

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