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Graduate Education Certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education

Certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education


Program Summary

The graduate level certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education is intended for teachers interested in working with students who are English Language Learners. By applying current research and best practices, educators learn strategies to support students as they learn English and master subject-specific content. All courses in this certificate program can be applied to an M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education at American College of Education.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of language development and acquisition and cultural and linguistic diversity implement curriculum and instruction for English learners.

  • Utilize academic standards to guide the selection of content and research-based instructional strategies to deliver the content.

  • Develop assessment instruments, select materials, and monitor learning outcomes to enhance the academic development of English learners.

  • Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional resources, materials and technology.

  • Engage in ongoing learning and leadership communities to analyze data and instructional practices and conduct research to enhance understanding of new language learners and their academic and social needs.

Course Overview

Each course in this certificate program carries 3 semester credits. Courses will be taken in order below:

BE5013 Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education
BE5023 Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students
BE5033 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
BE5043 Cross-Cultural Studies for ELLs
ED5123 Diverse Learners
ES5063 Linguistics for TESOL  
OR
BL5063 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education

Total for Certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education: 18 semester credits

Course Detail

BE5013 Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education

An essential course for all educators, this course provides students with an understanding of the historical, political, social, cultural, and educational concepts and issues that affect linguistically and culturally diverse students in the educational system. A review of local, state, and federal policies regarding entitlement and appropriate school services for English language learners, and important program models are analyzed. Current theories of Second Language Acquisition (SLA), bilingualism, and socio-cultural theories are explored for their pedagogical implications and specific program models within and outside the U.S. are examined for their contributions to student academic achievement..

BE5023 Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students

Students in this course explore issues of assessment of second language learners within the larger framework of historical, social, cultural, and political contexts. Utilizing a variety of theoretical models related to second language acquisition and academic achievement, students 1) analyze the ways that second language students are diverse, 2) discuss equitable assessment of diverse learners, and 3) evaluate existing instruments for second language learners. Students examine and review relevant state standards for content matter learning and language proficiency, and examine how those are assessed in mandated, large-scale assessment and in classroom assessment (traditional and alternative).

BE5033 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

This course provides teachers methods for providing language and content instruction to second language learners. Students consider historical and current English as a second language (ESL) program models and second language acquisition theories, pedagogy, and methodology. Relevant federal, state, and local learning and assessment standards are reviewed and applied to their teaching. Students are guided in creating and presenting teaching units and lessons based on various methods, approaches, and techniques. Students discuss the selection, use, and evaluation of books, multimedia, technology, and other materials. Students examine the application of relevant learning and assessment standards to their teaching of second language learners.

BE5043 Cross-Cultural Studies for ELLs

With the increase of limited-English-proficient students in urban environments, this course examines the impact of culture on society and the educational system, and the importance of culture in addressing the needs of immigrant students. It explores the dynamic processes of acculturation and cultural conflict. Students examine the role of culture in the American educational system and how ethno-linguistic groups contribute to the dynamics of the classroom. Students examine behavioral expectations and learning styles of students from different backgrounds, how that changes the classroom dynamics, and how teacher expectations can affect perceptual judgments of students. Students learn how to design culturally relevant instruction to further the academic success of diverse groups, and learn ways to foster collaborative and dynamic learning environments.

ED5123 Diverse Learners

This course reviews data related to the effectiveness of educational initiatives emphasizing evidence-based instructional design models used to assess and instruct students with diverse learning needs. Special attention is given to inclusion of traditionally underrepresented learner populations, i.e.; special education, LEP, economically disadvantaged, and ethnic minorities.

ES5063 Linguistics for TESOL

Students in this course cover the following essential dimensions of linguistics and the acquisition of language: language and the brain, first and second language acquisition, major components of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics), cognition and learning, and communicative competence. Emphasis is placed on implications for ESL and bilingual education teachers.

BL5063 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education

Designed for Bilingual Education, this course prepares teachers in methodology for teaching language and content to English Language Learners in bilingual education programs. Participants critically examine bilingual education program models and theories of bilingual education and literacy, first and second language acquisition, and transfer of skills and content knowledge between first and second language. Participants are guided in creating a teaching unit and adapting and presenting lessons using various methods, approaches, and techniques. Participants discuss the selection, use, and evaluation of books, multimedia, and other materials in the first and subsequent languages. Participants examine the application of relevant learning and assessment standards to their teaching.

Tuition

 

Semester Credits Tuition Per Credit Total Tuition
18
$235 $4,230

Applicable fees

  • Application fee: $50
  • Technology and library fee: $20 per credit hour (for a total of $360)
  • Program conferral fee: $100

Total program cost: $4,740. For more information, visit the tuition section.