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
Your Journey

Program Credits: 39

Locations: Lancaster,

Average Completion Time: 2-3 years
Delivery: Blended and one week summer intensives
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.


MEd English as a Second Language (39* Credits)

MEd Core Courses:15 Credits
ESL Courses:24 Credits
Biblical & Theological Studies:4 Credits

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

Course Plan: English as a Second Language

Year One

ESL 501 Assess & Special Ed Process
EDU 519 Foundations & Frameworks

SPE 504 Teaching Students with Low Incidences
Bible Courses*

EDU 526 Diagnostic Reading Assessment

Year Two

EDU 560 Teacher’s Life and Work
SPE 502 Meeting Needs of Autism

SPE 505 Prof, Ethical, Collaboration
SPE 503 Teaching Students with LD/ID

EDU 550 Socio-Cultural Perspectives

Year Three

EDU 570 Apprenticeship I
EDU 598 Seminar in Action Research

EDU 585 Apprenticeship II
EDU 599 Project in Action Research



Meet the Faculty

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Julia Hershey, D.Ed.

Associate Provost/Department Chair of the 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.” —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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Diane Dick, Ph.D.


“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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Stacey Martin, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, Associate 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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