Program Description

This major is designed to provide candidates with educational experiences in the principles, theories, and practice of English second language acquisition, learning, and teaching.It seeks to prepare educators to assume positions of leadership in ESOL education as teachers in public schools. Students must comply with state and local requirements or limitations to practice the ESOL profession in the United States. Graduate students must achieve a passing score in appropriate states’ subject area tests to be certified. In addition to these tests, students must achieve a passing score on additional general knowledge content tests and any other exam required by the tests for certification prior to the internship experience.

The practicum in teaching lasts 12 weeks, 20 hours a week, providing students with field experiences to demonstrate mastery of teaching skills in a school setting during the regular school year.Students must arrange to comply with the internship requirements during a regular school day schedule. The internship experience is in English only. Students must demonstrate English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The student must refer to the Internship Handbook available from the Director of Faculty for specific requirements and procedures.

Education Programs Internship Requirements

All students seeking an education degree must achieve a passing score on applicable State Teacher Examinations (Basic, Content and General Knowledge tests) before initiating the internship experience in a public school setting.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the theories, goals, and research on ESOL education
  • knowledge and understanding of ESOL curriculum development, theories, and applications
  • knowledge and understanding of the process of English language development and language acquisition
  • knowledge of the ESOL classroom-based language assessment strategies and will demonstrate the application of those strategies
  • knowledge and understanding of methods of teaching ESOL
  • knowledge of specific strategies for teaching reading in a bilingual setting to limited English proficient (LEP) students and demonstrate the application of these strategies
  • knowledge and understanding of brain-based research and cognitive psychology as it relates to language learning and acquisition
  • knowledge of specific strategies for developing communicative competencies in LEP students
  • knowledge and understanding of ESOL strategies to integrate cognitive and effective learning
  • understanding of specific cultural idiosyncrasies that impact student linguistic and academic success
  • knowledge of English writing strategies
  • knowledge and understanding of ESOL educational research and its relevance to the instructional process

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Develop ESOL classroom research projects
  • Develop lesson plans for the teaching of reading and writing using different strategies.
  • Design ESOL curriculum units for LEP students
  • Develop ESOL performance portfolio assessments projects
  • Conduct ESOL workshops
  • Develop community projects within a diverse population
  • Communicate adequately in English both orally and in writing

Curricular Sequence

  • Core/Professional Courses 6
  • Major Courses 27
  • Research Courses 6

Degree Requirements

Core/Professional Courses (6 Credits)

  • DUC 501-O Principles and Development of Curriculum in ESOL 3
  • EDUC 512-O Innovations and Education in ESOL 3

Major Courses (27 Credits)

  • EDUC 550-O Second Language Acquisition 3
  • EDUC 551-O Reading Processes in a Second Language Setting 3
  • EDUC 553-O ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development 3
  • EDUC 555-O Development of Communication Skills in English 3
  • EDUC 566-O Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language 3
  • EDUC 567-O Cross-Cultural Communication and Understanding 3
  • EDUC 564-O Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers 3
  • EDUC 569-O Testing and Evaluation of ESOL 3
  • EDUC 604-O Knowledge Integration Seminar in ESOL 3

Research Courses (6 Credits)

  • EDUC 600-O Educational Research Methods in ESOL
  • EDUC 617-O ESOL Seminar in a School Setting (Internship) 3

Total number of credits 39

Program taught in:
English
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