Description of the Program

A focus on how to best support the needs of students whose native language is not English, facilitate professional development and offer resources to teachers, students and families, and differentiate instruction and assessment for English language learners

Admission Requirements

  • Holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree;
  • Holds a teaching certificate in elementary education (K-6);
  • Pass the GRE/MAT requirements, OR have 3 years of successful teaching, OR 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA, OR other master's degree.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses = 4 courses (12 hours)

ED 530

Applied Multiculturalism

3 hours

Online

Through an examination of constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation, students will develop a theoretical understanding of the connections between identity, difference, power, and privilege and the role(s) schools (could/should) play in perpetuating or ending discriminatory practices. Furthermore and importantly, students will develop an understanding of the ways research in both the humanities and social sciences can be used to interpret, analyze, and critique multiculturalism.

ED 535

Introduction to Applied Educational Research

3 hours

Online

Introduction to the nature of research and its relationship to educational thought and practice. Primary focus will be on planning and executing research activities(i.e. action research, thesis development) in the diverse classroom and analyzing the collected data to improve instruction, educational performance and adding to the body of knowledge on educational practices.

ED 540

Advanced Cognitive Psychology

3 hours

Online

Designed to inform students about recent developments in Cognitive Psychology and their implications for teaching and learning. Students will leave ED 565 with a variety of “cognitive understandings” for use in differentiated classrooms.

ED 565

Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

3 hours

Online

Provides an introduction to the philosophy and practice of differentiation. Examines the elements, content, process, product, affect and learning environment, by which instruction can be differentiated to address the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students.

Concentration Courses = 6 courses (18 hours)

EHL 505

Introduction to General Linguistics
Come to see the strange in familiar as you engage in the study of the system of language through focused analysis of the components of English. Language is usually the lens through which we observe and report on the world. In this course, it becomes the object of observations and discussion.

3 hours

Online

 

EHL 506

Critical Issues in ESOL
Come to an understanding of the complex of policies, legislation, and practice that impact the progress of English Learners in elementary and secondary schools across the U.S. Understand the impact of federal, state, and local policies on classroom settings and teacher-student interactions.

3 hours

Online

 

EHL 507

Advanced English Grammar Studies - Applied English Linguistics II
Through an in-depth analysis of the structure of sentences and discourse in contemporary English, you will understand more clearly the impact of the choices we make in the language we use in day-to-day conversations, instructional settings, political discourse, and beyond.

3 hours

Online

 

ED 635

Using Assessment to Guide Differentiated Instruction
The focus of this course would be to use a variety of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced and other assessment data to inform instruction for a diverse classroom within the RTi model. Students would learn to use formative and summative assessments to determine the type of strategies needed to teach content.

3 hours

Online

 

ED 640

Differentiated Strategies for Research & Teaching of English Language Learners
The course is designed to provide current educators the foundation for informed and effective classroom teaching in diverse classrooms with ELL students. The course includes theoretical underpinnings of historical and contemporary ELL education, instructional methods, analysis and critique of methodologies, and strategies for pedagogically sound classroom instruction and lesson planning within linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms.

3 hours

Online

 

ED 696

ESOL Internship

Requires demonstration of competence to teach ESOL in an internship of at least 300 clock hours which may be completed
throughou the program. 

3 hours

Online

 

Action Research Project = 1 course (3 hours)

ED 690

Master's Action Research Project

3 hours

Online

After the completion of the courses, advanced candidates will complete a summative action research project. Working with an individual faculty member, the action research will be planned, completed, and presented for the department.