As national demographics change, there is a rapidly growing need for education professionals who are skilled in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), including English as a Second Language, Dual Language Education and Bilingual Education. The program, with a concentration in TESOL, is designed for graduate students who are interested in becoming prepared to teach English learners in pre-K through 12 classrooms as well as adult education settings. Graduate students who complete the 18 credit hour endorsement in ESL and/or Bilingual Education may choose to continue their education toward a Master of Arts degree. The endorsement in ESL and/or Bilingual Education can be added to a current teaching license. Graduate students who are interested in obtaining an M.A. in Education, with a concentration in TESOL, are not required to be licensed teachers and will gain the preparation needed for teaching English in community settings, both in the U.S. and abroad. Completing the M.A. does not grant state licensure.
The U.S. Department of Education Statistics has designated English as a Second Language as a Teacher Shortage Area. The employment forecast for positions teaching English to adults in the U.S. and abroad is also favorable.
Course topics include methods of teaching ESL and Bilingual Education, Linguistics, Multicultural Education and Theoretical Foundations of TESOL.
For the M.A. in Education with a concentration in TESOL, students will take the courses in the ESL/Bilingual Education Endorsement program totaling 18 credit hours as well as the *core M.A. in Education courses 511, 512, 513 and one graduate elective in the School of Education. Students who seek the ESL Endorsement only may choose to take EDGTE 450 OR EDGTE 482. Students who seek the Bilingual Education Endorsement must take EDGTE 482 and pass the appropriate Illinois Language Proficiency Test.
*Note: Core courses may be substituted with approval from the program chair and Associate Dean
Kathleen McInerney, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Iowa. Along the way, she has gained much experience with and published research about ESL, EFL and Dual Language teaching. She has taught preK-graduate students and also teaches a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate course in the summers in Cuenca, Ecuador. She helped to found a tri-lingual children's school in Cuenca, focused on global citizenship and she provides professional development to teachers of English in the U.S. and in Ecuador.
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