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The ESL M.S.Ed. and Certificate Programs offers a number of different options for those seeking careers in both the ESL teaching and professional fields.

These options include:

As students in Duquesne's program, you can expect to:

  • Gain fundamental theoretical knowledge, practical strategies, and dispositions to successfully work with second language learners
  • Concentrate in a related field such as instructional technology or reading and language arts
  • Learn from experienced, research-productive, diverse, and caring faculty
  • Benefit from a diversified classroom environment with students from over 10 different countries and infinite backgrounds
  • Position your experience in a context of social justice and advocacy
  • Advantages include small class sizes and a supportive community of students, faculty, and staff

Graduates from our programs can go into multiple fields including:

  • ESL teaching in K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. and internationally
  • ESL teaching in language centers or university ESL classrooms in the U.S. and internationally
  • Administration, curriculum development, research, and advocacy in educational organizations
  • Doctoral programs in TESOL, language, or education

The ESL program is designed to provide students, many of whom possess degrees outside the field of education, with the fundamental theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work in the field of language teaching.

  • 25% Financial Award on tuition for qualified full-time students
  • 60% Lay Teacher Discount for current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the
    Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses
  • Rolling admissions for Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters
  • Courses are applicable for Act 48 and Level II certifications
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Approved
  • TESOL accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


The ESL M.S.Ed. and Certificate Programs at Duquesne University is committed to the development of educators who support linguistically and culturally diverse learners through exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service in the Spiritan tradition of action and caring. We focus on the preparation of ethical and critical educators who have a respect for diversity, multilingualism, multiculturalism, language rights, and are committed to personal and professional advocacy to support the education of all learners.