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M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language

The Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language degree is a 36-hour, non-thesis program that includes a non-credit seminar at the conclusion of any certification program. The program consists of a core curriculum of at least twelve hours of academic concentration in reading, nine credit hours in the resource area, and fifteen credit hours of ESL specialization. In areas where the student demonstrates sufficient proficiency, course substitutions may be approved by the Master of Education Program Advisor and must be in keeping with the requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

More than an Education

Learning experiences and assignments in this program are designed in order to provide the learner with sufficient theoretical and experiential knowledge to serve successfully as a literacy and ESL specialist in the role of classroom teacher, literacy coach, or administrator. Armed with instruction from a Christian world view, graduates will bring faith and ethics to the field of education and apply their skills and knowledge from a distinctly Christian viewpoint.

Marked by Service

Service-learning at DBU is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates academic instruction, community service, and guided reflection from a Christ-centered, faith-based perspective in order to enhance student learning, to foster global civic responsibility, and to develop servant leaders.

Dr. Adelita Baker, Program Director of the M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
"Thank you for considering the program. I would love to have coffee with you."

- Dr. Adelita Baker, Program Director
214-333-5515 | adelita@dbu.edu



Our classes are led by scholar-practitioners who have years of professional experience in the field.

Diane Morren
Adjunct Professor

  • ESL teacher at the elementary level in Duncanville ISD for 20 years
  • M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Reading Instruction from New Mexico State University
  • ESL endorsement on teaching certificate in TX
  • International Literacy and Education Consultant with SIL International doing educational consultant work in Colombia, SA, Nicaragua, CA, Guatemala, CA, Philippines, Uganda, and Ghana
  • Former Fulbright Scholar in Nicaragua

Dr. Nathan Frymark
Adjunct Professor

  • Published "The Relationship between an English Language Proficiency Assessment and a State Mathematics Assessment among Exited English Language Learners" in Journal for K-12 Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University
  • Elementary, middle school, and high school experience in public education as an administrator and teacher
  • Pricipal and superintendent certification
  • Previous Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Spanish Literature Teacher

Dr. Marisa Hellawell
Adjunct Professor

  • Worked in public education, specifically Title 1 schools, since 2000
  • Former ESL and Bilingual Dual Language teacher, assistant principal, and instructional coach in PreK-8th grades
  • Distinguished Researcher awarded by UTA
  • Founder, Trinity Harbor Schoolhouse

Gary Manns
Adjunct Professor

  • Masters of Education and Principal Certification K-12 from UTA
  • Former Adjunct professor for UTA
  • Principal for Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD, and in Shanghai, China
  • Director of International Students for International Leadership of Texas Charter School
  • DBU Service to Education Award
  • Over 30 years in Education

Our program provides graduates with the upper hand to educate in the fields of Reading, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Education through the different tracks provided.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
  • 3.4 GPA or higher: no entrance exam required
  • Satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

The admission requirements listed above are specific to this degree program and are supplemental to the Graduate School’s requirements for Full Admission. Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another. Applicants who show potential for graduate study, but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission, may be admitted for up to 12 hours under provisional status. Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master’s Degrees Admission Committee.

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