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Graduate Programs

ESOL
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Bilingual/ESOL Endorsements
Preparing teachers to ensure the success of English language learners

ESOL course descriptions

ED 682 Sociopolitical Foundations of ESOL/Bilingual Education (3) - This graduate course surveys the historical development of ESOL/bilingual education. It provides insights into government policy and legal aspects of ESOL/bilingual education as well as research, theory and classroom implications. Emphasis is placed on the philosophy of ESOL/bilingual education in a sociopolitical and cross-cultural context. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

ED 683 Fostering Cultural and Community Connections in the ESOL/Bilingual Classroom(3) - This graduate course explores the concept of culture and its manifestation in society, the community and the classroom. It examines the research literature and it provides a theoretical foundation for understanding how cultural groups and students' identities affect the educational process and the classroom climate. Strategies to maximize learning using cultural and community resources, as well as to build partnerships with families, are addressed. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

Note: Successful completion of ED 682 and 683 is strongly recommended for all other courses.

ED 684 Language Acquisition and Educational Linguistics in the ESOL/Bilingual Classroom (3) - This graduate course explores current theory and research in first and second language acquisition and issues in linguistics applied to ESOL/Bilingual education. Topics in language acquisition include historical and current theories, developmental stages, as well as the factors that influence learning an additional language. Topics in educational linguistics include concepts in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a focus on classroom applications. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

ED 691 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Strategies for English Language Learners (3) - This graduate course examines current curriculum models, materials, teaching approaches and assessment techniques that maximize the academic achievement of English language learners. It emphasizes strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing instruction that enable students in different proficiency levels to access the core curriculum and develop language skills. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

ED 692 Classroom Strategies in First and Second Language Reading and Writing (3) - This course explores the relationship between first and second language literacy and between oral and written language skills. It examines ESOL and bilingual literacy teaching strategies for differentiated proficiency levels, as well as materials, classroom organizational structures and assessment tools. Approaches for literacy development that bridge experiential and cultural differences, including multicultural literature and family involvement in learning are emphasized. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

Technology Course (3)
CSE 624 Internet for Educators
or
CSE 610 Computers in Education
or
other approved technology course

ED 609 Practicum: ESOL/Bilingual (3) - Teachers with insufficient supervised work experience or practical experience in Bilingual or ESOL classrooms are required to complete a supervised practicum to meet the requirements for an endorsement. Teachers with sufficient experience may petition to have the practicum waived.
Note: Pre-requisites for ED 609 are: 1) obtaining a passing score on the ESOL ORELA test and 2) completing at least 15 credits of coursework toward the ESOL endorsement.

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