What will I learn?

Program goal

This program is designed to prepare professionals to work with K-12 students and adults for whom English is not their native language.

Student learning outcomes

Demonstrate foundational knowledge needed to support ESL students’ literacy learning

Effectively plan lessons that attend to linguistic proficiency of learners in various settings

Create assessments that assess ESL student competency in communication and content learning

Demonstrate a disposition of tolerance and appreciation for linguistic and cultural diversity

Demonstrate a range of teaching strategies and approaches that lead to ESL student learning.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (18 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 May 2022, 23 August 2022


School of Education

1015 West Main Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in physics, engineering or other area of physical science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

For international students

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65.

Application Deadline: Fall, Summer: Feb 1; Spring: Oct.1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond

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