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Face-to-face Master’s of Science (MSEd) in Literacy and Language Education

The master’s degree option is available for:

  • graduate students who plan to obtain a master’s degree and work toward a TELL Certificate (not teacher licensure) OR
  • teachers with a valid Indiana instructional license who plan to obtain a master’s degree and an ELL license.

Applicants accepted for master’s degree study will work with their faculty advisor to tailor a program to meet both the licensure requirements and the master’s degree requirements. Apart from the ELL courses, which are all online, other required courses for the MSEd are held on the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

There is a three-year time limit for completion of the ELL Licensure Program. This three-year time limit begins with the semester when the first required course is taken. Program completion includes: (a) completion of all course work with a passing grade, (b) completion of the e-portfolio requirement for the program, and (c) completion of the state’s content specialty test. A student who receives a grade of “D” or “F” in a licensure course may retake the course one time only; this does not change the 3-year time limit for completion of all licensure requirements. The P/NP option is not available.

The ELL license issued through Purdue University constitutes an addition to an existing instructional license; not a stand-alone teaching license. In order to be eligible for ELL licensure through Purdue University, applicants must possess a valid instructional license issued by the State of Indiana. Non-Indiana applicants are not guaranteed licensure in Indiana or any other state. State licensing rules and standards are always subject to change and as such, Purdue University is unable to safeguard that the ELL program will satisfy non-Indiana teacher licensing standards and rules.

To be as proactive as possible, all ELL licensure-seeking students require a transcript evaluation and credential review from the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure to verify possession of an official instructional license. Upon review, any applicant who does not hold a valid Indiana elementary, exceptional needs, or secondary instructional license will be required to submit written confirmation, on letterhead, from their state education agency verifying that completion of Purdue’s ELL Graduate Licensure Program will satisfy the student’s individual non-Indiana license configuration within the three-year timeline of the program.

This verification must be received by the end of the semester during which the student’s course work for the ELL Graduate Licensure Program is completed. If confirmation is not received, Purdue University will be unable to verify completion of the program for licensing purposes to any state-based educational agency, school district, or hiring agent. In the absence of a license, the student’s participation in the ELL program is solely defined as professional development and will not constitute teacher licensure.

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If you have questions about the content of the ELL licensure program or the TELL certificate, contact the Program Director, Dr. Trish Morita-Mullaney, by email at tmoritam@purdue.edu.