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Earning a Master’s in English Language Learning (ELL) is a great way for teachers to enhance their employment marketability through advanced skills and credentials.

Selecting an affordable online master’s in ELL is an important decision that students need to consider carefully. To help guide students with their educational choices, our college planning experts have ranked 25 of the top affordable online programs in English Language Learning:

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that addresses a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. It draws on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from various disciplines–from the humanities to the social and natural sciences–as it develops its own knowledge-base about language, its users and uses, and their underlying social and material conditions.

American Association of University Professors
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities.

American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Center for Applied Linguistics
The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization promoting access,equity and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world. CAL News is an electronic newsletter created to provide periodic updates about CAL projects, research, and programs, as well as information about new publications, online resources, products and services of interest to its readers. Each issue contains links to additional information about the topics presented.

CAL Immigrant & Refugee Integration
Each year the United States accepts hundreds of thousands of newcomers, either as immigrants or refugees. Recent arrivals often have very specific language needs, as well as orientation and resettlement needs. Given opportunity, newcomers become significant contributors to our society, sharing linguistic and cultural assets, as well as innovative ideas, entrepreneurial skills, and drive, all of which make our communities stronger. CAL is committed to making longer-term Americans aware of the resources and values brought to the United States by its newest residents. We have a key role to play as discussion of the contributions of immigrants to our society is elevated to a prominent role in our national discourse.

CARLA (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition)
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.

CEA (Connecticut Education Association)
CEA advocates for teachers and public education. We’ve been a driving force in lobbying legislators for the resources public schools need and campaigning for high standards for teachers and students. Our proud history spans more than 150 years.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle is the No. 1 news source for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Community College Week
Published every two weeks, 26 times a year, Community College Week is read by academics and other professionals who wish to find news and features not provided by other news sources, award-winning analyses of critical issues and events by experts in their fields, vital statistics and data, technology updates and special features, profiles of individuals and agencies influential to two-year colleges, and employment opportunities.

Connecticut Council of Language Teachers
The Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers (CT COLT) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit membership organization that promotes language proficiency and the knowledge of world cultures.  The organization has been in continuous operation since 1968. CT COLT advocates for world language learning for all students at all grade levels.  The organization supports teacher and student activities that demonstrate language teaching and learning, and it recognizes the successes of teachers and students of World Languages in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Department of Education

CT Department of Education: Position Statement on the Education of Students Who Are English Language Learners

Education News
A Global Leading News Source covering educational, political, business, and environmental issues. Since 1997 EducationNews has provided the latest daily EducationNews coverage from world-wide sources. In addition to the U. S. and world media publications, commentaries and reports are featured and include comprehensive views on education issues from all sides of the political spectrum.

Education Week
Weekly news on American education issues. Searchable archives. Free subscription to newsletter; paid subscription required to access all website content. Not specifically targeted to ESL but relevant to issues all educators face.

English Language Learners Alliance, REL
The English Language Learners Alliance collaborates with states, districts, and schools on the use of data to understand the diversity of their ELL populations and explore the programs and services that best meet their diverse needs.

English Learner Tool Kit, US Department of Education
The English Learner Tool Kit helps state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs) fulfill their obligations to English language learners. The Toolkit has 10 chapters (one for each section of the DCL), and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.

Hong Kong Institute of Education
The Hong Kong Institute of Education has extensive resources for bilingual teaching, resources, and research.

Journal for Teaching English with Technology (TEwT)
Teaching English with Technology (TEwT) is a free online double-blind peer-reviewed journal that seeks to disseminate cutting-edge work focused mainly on the use of technology in TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages). The journal is interested in theoretical and practical articles that resonate with the international audience. TEwT occasionally publishes special issues in more specialised areas of technology use in language education. All TEwT papers are free to access.

The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world.

Linguistic Society of America
The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public. *Membership required; few resources available without a membership.

NCELA (National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition)
NCELA collects, coordinates, and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELs. To fulfill its mission, NCELA supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs. In addition to SEA coordinators, NCELA serves other stakeholders involved in EL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators, and federal policymakers. Excellent resource for understanding legal obligations for schools with ELLs; large collection of research. Usable classroom materials are difficult to locate.

SERC (Special Education Resource Center)
SERC is a quasi-public agency primarily funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education. SERC provides professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.

Shaping the Way We Teach English
Shaping the Way We Teach English is a teacher-training course consisting of fourteen video-based modules with a supporting training manual and supplementary resources. Each modules is a ten to fifteen minute video segment with examples from classrooms and educators around the world. Each module also has corresponding readings and support materials that can be printed and copied. Some of these examples are from primary level classes, while others are from secondary and post-secondary level classes.

Teach Thought
TeachThought, LLC is a progressive learning brand dedicated to supporting educators in evolving learning for a 21st century audience. Most visibly, this starts with thought leadership and practical solutions for K-20 teachers via the TeachThought blog. It then extends to our design of learning models, curricula, technology, apps, and other learning tools to experiment with a combination of utopic opining and data-driven and research-supported thinking.TeachThought is primarily interested in exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today. So, a balance of reality and possibility.

TESOL International Association
As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from across the United States and around the world at its international convention. Educators at all levels attend to find a productive exchange of ideas and information and to feel the embrace of a dynamic professional community. *Membership required to access full resources; however, many resources are free, including a large collection of lesson plans.

U.S. Department of Education
ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. NCELA collects, coordinates, and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELs. In addition to SEA coordinators, NCELA serves other stakeholders involved in EL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators, and federal policymakers. Excellent resource for understanding legal obligations for schools with ELLs; large collection of research.