College of Education2021-2022

Department of Educational Specialties

ESL and Bilingual Education - ESL, Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Candidates will:
1. Know, understand and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language

2. Apply major theories and research to help English language learners develop language and literacy and achieve in the content area.

3. 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.

4. Know, understand and apply concepts, research and best practices to plan classroom instruction for ELLs.

5. Demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment.

6. Use a variety of standards-based language proficiency instruments to show language growth and to inform their instruction. 

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