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Master of Education with ESL/Bilingual Endorsement Courses

If you already have your Master of Education or only are interested in an ESL/Bilingual Endorsement we have a program for you.

Judson's School of Education provides specialized training in your chosen field, pedagogical content knowledge, and skills expected of great teachers. The ESL/Bilingual endorsement program provides quality and meaningful instruction for individuals who want to work with linguistically and culturally divers students. We strive to develop skills that enable teacher practitioners to empower English Language Learners to success in a global society.

Meet the State of Illinois Requirements of Endorsement to Work in a:

  • Bilingual Classroom
  • ESL Classroom
  • Dual Language Classroom
  • General Education Classroom with non-English speaking students

Provide Strategies to:

  • Boost academic vocabulary
  • Broaden academic language fluency
  • Bank background knowledge
  • Be aware of language level competency
  • Build support for learning
  • Bridge parental involvement by linking home and school

Required Courses for ESL/Bilingual Endorsement

EDU514: Foundations of Language Minority Education

This course offers and overview of the historical, sociological, philosophical, political and legislative foundations of language minority education. Specific topics include legal, historical, and social perspective; multi-cultural perspectives with implications of bilingual education; program models; approaches to language minority education in other countries; and current national and state issues in language minority education.

EDU513: Cross-Cultural Education

This course examines diverse cultures and how they differ and are the same relating to the following: religion, politics, economics, ideology, education, and social order. We explore cultural universals so that students will have a better understanding of the needs of the underrepresented populations. We will discuss strategies that promote understanding, tolerance, overcoming prejudice, and that celebrate diversity.

EDU518: Methods and Materials of Teaching Bilingual Education

This course is designed to provide strategies, methods, and materials that are appropriate for teaching bilingual students. The emphasis of the course will be on examining and supporting children's literacy development in the native language as well as learning the content areas. Techniques for managing multilevel classrooms and curriculum development will be studied. Throughout the course, we will discuss what the research and the practice of master teachers indicate about how children develop as readers and writers.

EDU614: Assessment of English Language Learners (ELLS)

This course will provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge foundation in the study and development of language programs for ESL/Bilingual students. It will have an emphasis on the review of various bilingual and dual language program models as well as assessment of English Language Learners (ELLS). The course promotes the use of balanced assessments models for students' evaluation and gives attention to the development of valid and effective teacher-made tests that include a variety of question types, modalities, promote higher-order thinking and provides allowances for students with different learning needs. Participants investigate a variety of language assessment tools including journals, logs, portfolios, group projects, reflective papers, student's interviews, self-evaluations, and meta-cognition. Participants will relate to the usefulness and applicability of particular assessment tools and models top appropriate elements in lesson planning and instruction.

EDU616: Linguistic Considerations for Reading and Writing in a New Language

This course develops graduate students' understanding of language development in the first eight years of life and the principles that govern the process. The language learning process is studied as an integral part of both the development and thinking and the child's sense of self. The purpose of the course is also to provide a framework for considering how language development in bilingual individuals is different from that of monolinguals. This course is designed to assist educators in understanding how the multiple realities of bilingualism interact with the educational context and therefore may influence the academic performance of bilingual students. Students learn how the various contexts both inside and outside of a child's home interact with factors such as age, sex, race, social class, and cultural experiences to influence language competence and performance. Students examine the role of adults, peers, and siblings in fostering language development, and learn how group experiences in early childhood programs can be arranged to maximize language development in new language learners.

EDU617: Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Second Language

This course is focused on the relevant topics concerning English as a second language. Students will master strategies for teaching English to speakers of other languages, using naturalistic second language learning strategies and methods. Applications to particular groups of different aged, abilities levels, and cultural backgrounds are presented. Strategies that foster both language acquisition and academic achievement in speaking, reading, writing, and listening will be presented.

EDU611: Technology Instruction for Teachers of Language Minority Students (Elective)

The use of computers and interactive media for instructional purposes in linguistically and culturally diverse classroom is discussed. The selection and use of software and interactive media (acknowledging copyright prohibitions) within various content areas are also presented. Demonstrations of software and hands-on activities are included to provide teachers with the information necessary to successfully integrate technology instruction into their classrooms.

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