Teachers with specialized skills for teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse settings make a difference in the lives of children. Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) work with non- English-speakers to improve their reading, comprehension and speaking of the English language. Bilingual education teachers, who teach content in two languages, help strengthen students' native languages while building English proficiency and mastery of grade-level academic content.
Our Studies in Language and Culture Program, in conjunction with the Teacher Education Program, offer three Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degrees for students interested in becoming Bilingual or English as a Second Language elementary education teachers. These include:
Interdisciplinary Studies B.S. with Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental Certification- this degree focuses on the development of competencies related to effective Bilingual Education in EC-6 (early childhood-6th grade) classrooms, including emphasis on the foundations of Bilingual Education, second language theories and practices, developing literacy in first and second language acquisition, native language instruction, techniques for assessing academic achievement, and linguistics for educators.
Interdisciplinary Studies B.S. with Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Supplemental Certification– this degree focuses on the development of competencies related to an effective ESL program in EC-6th grade classrooms to improve students’ levels of English. ESL classes teach different language skills depending on students’ English abilities, interests and needs. All programs teach the following: English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing and vocabulary.
Interdisciplinary Studies B.S. with Core Subjects 4-8 with ESL Supplemental Certification– this degree focuses on the development of competencies related to an effective ESL program in 4th-8th grade classrooms. Graduates may teach any combination of English, math, science and/or social studies classes in an ESL setting at the middle school level, 4th grade through 8th grade.
At the graduate level we offer a Multicultural Studies in Education M.S. with the option of additional supplemental certificates in either Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language. A supplemental certificate gives educators the ability to teach the chosen supplemental subject (Bilingual education or ESL) at the grade level and in the area of their already existing teaching certificate. This interdisciplinary Master of Science program will enhance educators’ understanding of issues that affect public school students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The program is designed so that students will be prepared comprehensively at an advanced level to deal effectively with the many multicultural issues and concerns that abound in schools today.
Graduates with this degree can pursue careers in public schools, community colleges and non-school settings. Depending upon specialized coursework, graduates’ career options may include bilingual or ESL teacher, school district multicultural education/diversity coordinator, ESL teacher for the community college and non-school settings, adult literacy or continuing education teacher and much more.