A look into any public school classroom across the state or nation would reveal a variety of learners with specific needs. It is a common occurrence for a highly gifted English speaker, a special needs student, and students whose first languages may reflect Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili (to name a few) to be working together. The multi-lingual classroom is now typical instead of unique. The challenges posed by the classroom structures and populations require teachers to gain knowledge and understanding while developing expertise in the areas of second language acquisition, appropriate strategies and models for effective instruction, assessment tools and accommodations, and literacy frameworks, practices, and overall language learning. In addition, today’s classrooms require educators to become skillful examiners in order to conduct classroom action research that leads to improved practice and teacher efficacy. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in English as a Second Language is delivered online. Degrees This online licensure-based program, offered by the Womack Educational Leadership Department and leading to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in English as a Second Language is designed for: a) candidates seeking the master’s degree with Add-on Endorsement in ESL, b) candidates seeking the Initial Professional License in ESL, and c) candidates seeking the Add-On Endorsement in ESL (without degree).
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration and licensure in ESL focuses on preparing professional educators to meet the needs of students who are currently enrolled in U.S. public school classrooms in grades PreK-12. These populations may include students who represent immigrant populations, newly arriving non-English speakers, children of immigrants, and diverse populations with a variety of language and learning needs. The program is designed specifically for teachers and those who plan to teach second language learners in multilingual classrooms within the U.S.
Coursework is aligned with the Tennessee Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards for ESL and the CAEP Standards and Professional Dispositions for public school educators. The program takes a literacy-based approach to teaching ELs and is grounded in state and national education initiatives. The program is revised on an ongoing basis to reflect current practice.
This program is delivered online and does not prepare candidates to work exclusively with adult learners in EFL settings. Career The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration and Licensure in ESL offers preparation to candidates to teach in public schools, private schools, and faith-based learning environments. The program also seeks to prepare teachers to work with early learners who are also second language learners in preschool settings, nursery school settings, and early learning classrooms. Candidates who successfully complete the program meet requirements for the Pre-K through 12th grade professional license in ESL.
In addition to teaching in public, private, faith-based, and preschool classrooms, the program enables graduates to pursue the following careers:
Adjunct professor Curriculum writer for PreK-12 ESL curriculum design for PreK-12 ESL instructional consultant ESL instructor Faith-based ESL coordinator Faith-based ESL teacher (missionary) Lead teacher in ESL PreK ESL coordinator
Employers of MTSU Alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:
Public Schools - Tennessee
Bedford County Schools Cannon County Schools Coffee County Schools Dekalb County School District Franklin County Schools Franklin Special Schools District Giles County Schools Hamilton County Schools Knox County Schools Lawrence County School District Lebanon School District Lincoln County Schools Marshall County School District Maury County School District Memphis School District Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Moore County Schools Murfreesboro City Schools Robertson County School District Rutherford County School District Shelby County Schools Smith County School District Tullahoma School District Warren County Schools Williamson County School Wilson County School District
Public Schools – Outside of Tennessee
Boston Public Schools New York City Department of Education
Franklin Road Academy The Webb School
Cumberland University ELS Nashville Grand Valley State University International English Institute Middle Tennessee State University Motlow State Community College Nashville State Community College Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Tennessee Technological University Tennessee State University
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