MEd in English as a Second Language

Master of Education (MEd)

Engaging Learners in Language

Why Earn a MEd in English as a Second Language through 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 each student faces their own unique set of challenges in the classroom. But imagine coming to school and not even knowing the language that 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 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?

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 MEd from LBC | Capital, you will get:

  • Knowledgeable, compassionate faculty to teach and mentor you
  • Opportunity to develop your action research skills
  • Field placements to hone your skills
  • Enriched practice through the lens of a biblical worldview

"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.

Curriculum Plan

MEd English as a Second Language (39* Credits)

MEd Core Courses: 15 Credits
ESL Courses: 24 Credits
Biblical & Theological Studies: 1 Credits

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

Course Plan:  English as a Second Language

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ESL 500 Culture and Communication
EDU 519 Foundations & Frameworks for Learning

ESL 515 Language and Literacy Development for the English Learner
Bible Courses

ESL 517 Language Foundations for Teachers
EDU 526 Diagnostic Reading Assessment


EDU 560 Teacher’s Life and Work
ESL 520 Instruction & Assessment for the English Learner

EDU 529 Collaborative Team Approach
ESL 610 ESL Internship & Seminar

EDU 550 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education


EDU 598 Seminar in Action Research

EDU 599 Project in Action Research

Meet the Faculty

Mrs. Julia Hershey

Chair of Education Department

"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." — Mrs. Hershey

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Dr. Bob Dodson

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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Dr. Diane Dick


"Stories provide a wonderful basis of relating your life's journey - both exhilarating and challenging, but it always ends at the foot of the Cross." — Dr. Dick

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Mrs. Stacey Martin

Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator

"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!" — Mrs. Martin

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Lancaster Bible College|Capital Seminary & Graduate School is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission to and enrollment with the College.