In the Master of Education degree program with an emphasis in ESL/Bilingual, teachers will have the opportunity to integrate graduate level research with professional challenges and enrichment within a Christian philosophical foundation. The new theories and ideas garnered will enable them to reflect on their current practices and generate creative approaches to enhance their instructional skills. Teachers completing this program will have a research-based skill set which will enable them to become master teachers in their respective fields.
Teachers will be educated to successfully provide instruction for a diverse population by acquiring an understanding of human development, learning styles, multiple intelligences, and special needs. They will be equipped with proven, state-of-the-art strategies for motivating and managing students, for resolving conflict, and for assessing learning. In addition, they will learn methods for teaching reading and writing across the curriculum, and will strengthen mastery of their subject(s) and knowledge of how to integrate curriculum. Teachers completing this program will be well versed in the use of computer-based technology for improving instruction and disseminating grades. They will be familiar with issues regarding school law, including state standards, school board issues, and administrative responsibilities. They will also be prepared to handle situations arising from societal issues, such as cultural diversity, language differences, school/home issues, and confrontation and/or violence.
Instruction will be delivered in an accelerated format over a period of 15 consecutive months with 12 months of actual attendance and instruction. The immediate application of this new learning to the classroom will ensure longer retention and improved performance. This expanded knowledge base will afford teachers new insights into the entire educational process and its stakeholders-students, faculty, administration, parents, and the community.