Course of Study
Course: Introduction to English Learners, 1 credit
This class will introduce participants to the profession of EL and will look specifically at the policy and research that has shaped the field. It will also address the core principles of first- and second-language acquisition that underlie the program’s coursework.
Time: August, 1x/week, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Course: Linguistics, 3 credits
This class ensures that teachers understand how language functions as a system of sounds, structures, and patterns, and how language varies across dialects and registers. It also includes explicit strategies for helping English Learners develop proficiency in challenging aspects of English phonology, syntax, and semantics and for providing students with evidence-based models of spoken and written English language development.
Time: September – December, 1x/week, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Course: EL Methods, 3 credits
The primary emphasis of this class is to learn specific instructional approaches for second language acquisition. Participants will learn methods for adapting instructional materials for their current classes to ensure all students can meet all academic content standards, and will learn how to provide equitable and appropriate assessment for EL students. Participants will also complete several observation hours in a direct service EL classroom.
Time: January – April, 1x/week , 7 – 9:30 p.m. Several observation hours required in a contained EL classroom.
Course: Professional Capstone, 2 credits
In this capstone course, participants will address topics related to collaboration and advocacy, as well as the intersection of culture with students’ experiences of school. The class will meet in face-to face format for one month, then participants will complete a capstone project and take the state’s licensure exam in June.
Time: May, 1-2x week, 7 – 9:30 p.m. Licensure portfolio and state exam completed independently in June.