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Master in Literacy, Language, and Culture
Earn Your MA in Literacy, Language, and Culture

Nationwide, English Language Learners (ELLs) represent 10 percent of total public school enrollment, and Illinois public schools serve students speaking more than 135 distinct languages. More and more school districts are requiring their teachers to obtain specialized training to respond to these trends. Prepare to be an effective educator in this changing dynamic with a master of arts in literacy, language, and culture (MALLC), during which you’ll broaden your skill set and gain the knowledge you need to be successful teaching students and working with families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

North Park has a long history of preparing effective educators for multicultural classrooms through ESL and bilingual endorsement programs, and our School of Education is leading the way in Illinois with this new multifaceted degree program. The MALLC will prepare you to succeed as a teacher in widely diverse learning communities, and advance your career with a specialized endorsement. Our faculty are experienced teaching professionals who will share their own expertise and experience with you as you learn alongside peers who share your passion for educating students from all cultures and backgrounds.

ESL Endorsement

Designed for certified/licensed elementary and secondary teachers who work with linguistically and culturally diverse learners, the MALLC gives you the opportunity to earn the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement along with your master’s degree. You may also complete the bilingual endorsement with a few additional courses if you are fluent in a language approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. In the highly competitive field of education, these credentials will set you apart as ready to teach in specialized classrooms or to incorporate these skills into any school setting.

Learn more about the ESL endorsement.

Clinical Experience

Not just an in-class education, the MALLC program will get you into an ESL school setting to observe and assist a teacher, gaining valuable hands-on knowledge that you can take into your own teaching practice. North Park’s wide network of partner schools provides opportunities for our students to work in public and private, urban and suburban settings.

MALLC Courses

Your practical coursework for this degree includes:

Meet the Faculty

For Dr. Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei, North Park’s values are easily incorporated into her courses. “All of my classes focus on multiculturalism,” she says. Her students have attained careers teaching English abroad or working with ESL programs throughout Chicago.

Learn more about Dr. Bartolomei and the education faculty.

Angie Bartolomei, Education professor
Scholarships and Tuitions

A price tag doesn't have to be a barrier to continuing your education and developing your skills as a teacher. North Park offers generous scholarship and grant options, including a discount for Chicago Public School teachers and employees. Anyone who earned their bachelor's degree at North Park may qualify for an Alumni Grant, a 20% tuition reduction for starting a new graduate or teacher's certification program. Learn more.