Master of Arts in English Language Learning (PreK-12)
Western Governors University

Program Details

To help meet the nationwide need, WGU offers an affordable, accredited, online Master of Arts in English Language Learning (PreK–12).* This program prepares already-licensed teachers for success with English learners. Curriculum areas include culture, language production, theories of second language acquisition, assessment theory and practice, and a field experience. The program is nationally recognized by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Association. WGU also offers an endorsement preparation program in English Language Learning (PreK–12).

WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. With unparalleled online flexibility, students can complete most of their coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedule. Students also benefit from the competency-based learning model, which lets them pass most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation. 

*This M.A. in ELL program leads to an endorsement in ELL or ESL in states that have such endorsements. Specific grade level endorsement will vary by state.

Requirements

The program requires in-person field experience.

The program requires a total of 30 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Admission requirements:

  • A copy of a valid teaching license
  • Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university
  • Meet any program-specific admissions requirements
  • Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Additional Information

The WGU Teachers College is the first competency-based online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Additionally, the teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026.