Master of Education

(31 Credit Hours)

As our world grows increasingly interdependent and requires ever more cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity, language study and a globally-focused preparation have never been more crucial to professional success. That’s why we offer South Carolina’s only Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.) with a focus on languages.

Our M.Ed. in Languages Program is designed to meet the demands of working professionals with classes offered online that may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Students in this program have the option of selecting the emphasis that best suits their career aspirations by concentrating their studies in Spanish or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

This program will help you to:

  • develop cross-cultural competence and global fluency.
  • understand how languages are learned.
  • enhance your teaching skills and strategies.
  • implement innovations in the use of technology.
  • learn and apply the newest trends in the field.
  • apply linguistics to the learning and teaching processes.
  • engage in advocacy, community service and outreach.

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate coursework taken; if you have a teaching license, please include a copy as part of your application.
  • A statement of goals and why you want to pursue a master's degree in languages.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • For candidates applying to the Spanish emphasis, a bachelor's degree in Spanish, or at least 30 credit hours of Spanish coursework, or evidence of high-level proficiency in the language (including the ability to take graduate-level coursework in Spanish) is required.
  • For candidates applying to the ESOL emphasis, evidence of command of English is required. If you are not a native speaker, you may demonstrate command of English by having graduated from an English-speaking university or, for international applicants who have not attended a university where English was the primary language of instruction, a TOEFL score of 79 or greater is required.

Notes: We do not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to our program.

The M.Ed. in Languages does not lead to initial teacher certification. If you are interested in our program and do not have a teaching license, please contact the program director to discuss your career goals and aspirations.

Students with ESOL Certificates are particularly encouraged to apply. Contact the program director to discuss transfer credit of your certificate toward the master’s degree program.


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Application Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis and students may begin the program during any term, including summer.

For students seeking scholarships and financial aid, we encourage you to apply by the following priority deadlines for full consideration:

Fall: March 1. Spring: November 1 Summer: March 1

Contact Information

Emily S. Beck
program director

Additional Information