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Education English as a Second Language

Basic Certificate (BC)

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The purpose of the Education Department English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to prepare teachers, administrators, and school service professionals who hold an Illinois Professional Educators License to meet the state endorsement requirements for the ESL. The ESL certificate will prepare teachers to teach in multilingual classrooms with students for whom English is not their first language. The coursework in these certificate is specifically aligned to meet the linguistics, development, education, methods, and cultural content requirements of the state endorsements including electives and an ESL practicum experience. The Education Department believes that these endorsements are of particular importance as the number of ESL students in Illinois is projected to continue to rise, and there is a declared ESL teacher shortage.    

 

Details: Basic Certificate (BC)

Credit Hours (CH)

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Program/Plan Number

0427

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Prerequisites

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Program General Requirements

15 CH
Education
EDUC 220
Theoretical Foundations of 2nd Language Acquisition and Learning 3
This course is an introduction to the theoretical frameworks and educational research of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education (BE). It prepares students to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of various ESL/BE program models across different contexts. Students will investigate the relationship between theory and practice and understand their role as advocates for English language learners. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Endorsement for ESL and/or Bilingual Education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of English 101 with a grade of C or better
Offered at: Harry S Truman
EDUC 221
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL in PK-12 3
This course explores methods and materials for teaching English language learners in ESL, bilingual, and mainstream PK-12 classrooms. With an emphasis on integration, students will learn to plan and implement English literacy and academic content area instruction. Students learn to recognize and practice strategies to differentiate standards-based instruction according to language proficiency. A variety of teaching resources and technologies are introduced, analyzed, and matched to diverse English language learners’ needs. Meaningful connections with families and communities are discussed in relation to building culturally-responsive practices to support English language learners’ achievement. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Endorsement for ESL and/or Bilingual Education.
Prerequisites:Completion of or concurrent enrollment in EDUC 220
Offered at: Harry S Truman
EDUC 223
Assessment of the Second Language Learner 3
This course examines the various assessment issues affecting English language learners in a variety of educational settings. It introduces concepts, procedures, and tools that are associated with current practices used in the identification and placement of bilingual and ESL learners. Students identify and differentiate between language needs and developmental needs. Students learn to recognize the impact of context on second language learners’ performance and assess their content instruction in both primary and target languages in order to accurately plan and inform their future instruction. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Endorsement for ESL and/or Bilingual Education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of or concurrent enrollment in EDUC 220
Offered at: Harry S Truman
EDUC 224
Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students 3
This course focuses on the relationship between language and culture as it relates to the needs and challenges of English language learners in ESL, bilingual, and mainstream PK-12 classrooms. It prepares students to examine cultural, political and social factors of English language learner’s identity and its impact on the process of teaching and learning. Students will investigate how learning and communication styles affect teacher expectations on student achievement. Students will learn to utilize practical resources that support positive relationships between school, family and the community to provide culturally responsive instruction. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Endorsement for ESL and/or Bilingual Education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of English 101 with a grade of C or better
Offered at: Harry S Truman
Linguistics
LING 102
Introduction To Linguistics 3
A general introduction to the theory of language, this course will focus on language systems, with particular attention to phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and regional and social varieties of English. Examples of general linguistic principles will be drawn from English as well as other languages known to those who teach the course. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman

Program Core Requirements

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Additional Requirements

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Program Elective Requirements

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Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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Work-Based Learning Courses

3 CH
Education
EDUC 225
Bilingual and ESL Practicum 3
This course serves as the student’s culminating experience for the Bilingual/English Second Language Program (ESL). Students will demonstrate competency in effectively teaching Bilingual/English language learners in the classroom. Students will participate in supervised authentic teaching and learning environments. The course requires both formal and informal observations, demonstration of support for students as well as effective instructional strategies, learning activities and assessment techniques. Students will reflect on their experience. Students are evaluated during the practicum experience. The course requires 100 hours of clinical experience. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Endorsement for ESL and/or Bilingual Education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of EDUC 220, EDUC 221, EDUC 222, EDUC 223 with a grade of C or better
Offered at: Harry S Truman
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