Curricular Requirements for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Our degree program prepares candidates for a career as an English as a second language (ESL) classroom teacher, ESL resource teacher, or a teacher responsible for providing ESL instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. Candidates gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for developing ESL skills across reading, writing and listening, and for involving community and families as partners. They will also leave the program with a historical perspective of English learners in the U.S. Candidates will develop specific skills for assessing English learner proficiency and content area knowledge, and knowledge of various program models. They will become familiar with current research in ESL instruction, and understand how theory can be structured in classroom practice to develop the oral language and literacy skills of all students.
The Bilingual and Multicultural Education, Master of Education has 2 emphases:
- Bilingual emphasis.
- English as a Second Language emphasis.
Prepare for a career as a Bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher with this master’s degree. There is a growing demand for individuals with this preparation. With this degree, you can become a:
- Bilingual or ESL classroom teacher,
- Bilingual or ESL resource teacher,
- Teacher responsible for providing bilingual or ESL support in the classroom or special settings.
If you wish to meet the Arizona Bilingual Endorsement requirements, you may, through careful planning with your advisor, earn this endorsement within your master's degree program. You need to demonstrate language proficiency in a second language.
You do not need to demonstrate language proficiency in a second language. However, if you decide to earn either the bilingual endorsement or the ESL endorsement, you will need to fulfill and verify the second language learning experience and teacher certification requirements of these endorsements. Visit the AZ Department of Education for more information.
Please be advised, however, that Northern Arizona University does not grant either endorsement. To receive either a bilingual or English as a second language endorsement, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Education.
Please be aware that our degree program does not automatically lead to an endorsement. If you are interested in both a degree and an endorsement, you must work closely with your adviser to achieve both goals.
What Can I Do with a Master of Education in ESL and Bilingual Education - ESL?
Our degree program prepares you for a career as an English as a second language (ESL) classroom teacher, ESL resource teacher, or a teacher responsible for providing ESL instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. The demand for such skills is growing across the country. You won't need to demonstrate language proficiency in a second language. However, if you decide to earn either the bilingual endorsement or the ESL endorsement, you will need to fulfill the language proficiency and teacher certification requirements of these endorsements.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- English as a Second Language teacher.
- Classroom teacher.
- English as a Second Language director.
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
Complete individual plan requirements.
Candidates in this program of study are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to enroll in the fieldwork and capstone courses. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following courses:
- BME 530, BME 608, BME 631, BME 634, BME 637, and BME 698
- A portfolio of sample work that demonstrates proficiency on TESOL professional standards, and through a passing score on a comprehensive examination
ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy.
- International applicants have additional admission requirements.
Individual program admission requirements include:
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card,
- Teaching certificate (if the applicant has one).
Student Learning Outcomes
- Know, understand and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language.
- Apply major theories and research to help English language learners develop language and literacy and achieve in the content area.
- Know, understand and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
- Know, understand and apply concepts, research and best practices to plan classroom instruction for ELLs.
- Demonstrate an understanding of issues and concepts of assessment.
- Use a variety of standards-based language proficiency instruments to show language growth and to inform their instruction.
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