Course Descriptions — Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with Bilingual/ESL Education

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction:

EDU6030 The Individual, Cognition and Learning (3 semester hours)
The focus of this course is the development of an understanding of the individual as learner and teacher and the implications for classroom instruction and student success.
No prerequisites.

EDU6040 The Learning Environment (3 semester hours)
The focus of this course is the development of an understanding of the learner's whole environment as it affects the learning process.
No prerequisites.

EDU6050 Technology in the School of the Future (3 semester hours)
This course studies the impact of technology on curriculum design, classroom practice and the learning patterns of candidates with emphasis on the integration of multi-media, telecommunications, authoring systems and interactive resources throughout the instructional program.
No prerequisites.

EDU6060 Scholarship Applied to Teaching (3 semester hours)
Review of the development of emerging best practice in American education. Emphasis will be given to presentation and implementation of strategies resulting from educational research.
Prerequisite: EDU6070

EDU6070 Introduction to Action Research (3 semester hours)
The course is designed to launch individual and/or group investigation of school-related issues facing America's schools. Candidates will create a proposal of an investigated project for their research with applications to the school and complete an extensive literature review.

EDU6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3 semester hours)
This course will introduce the principles of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on curriculum development and design, implementation and delivery, and organization and evaluation.
No prerequisites.

Courses in Bilingual/ESL Education:

EDU6110 Foundations for Language Minority Education (3 semester hours)
This course provides an introduction to the historical, philosophical, political, social, and educational issues that have contributed to public policy regarding services for language minority students.  Historical trends and legal issues related to bilingual education in the United States will be discussed. A comprehensive focus will be placed on the theoretical foundations of English as a second language and effective instructional practices for English Language Learners in our schools. (Includes 20 hrs. of clinical experience)

EDU6120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (3 semester hours)
In this course, participants will analyze the language learning processes of bilingual students and the appropriate order for learning academic basic skills in two languages. The course will focus on approaches and techniques to teach English as a second language. Participants will learn how to teach academic subject matter in and through English. A few of the instructional methods covered include Total Physical Response (TPR), the Natural Approach, Making Content Comprehensible through the SIOP Method, and the Cognitive Language Learning Approach (CALLA). (Includes 20 hrs. of clinical experience)

EDU6130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on historical and contemporary social and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups.  Extensive consideration and emphasis will be placed on the impact of culture, learning, and schooling on language minority children in United States and the need of appropriate teaching and learning strategies for a diverse student population in today's classrooms. (Includes 20 hrs. of clinical experience)

EDU6140 Assessment of Bilingual Students (3 semester hours)
This course will provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge foundation in the selection, administration and interpretation of measurement instruments appropriate for English Language Learners. Participants will investigate a variety of language assessment tools used to identify, place, and monitor students receiving services in Bilingual and ESL Programs in Illinois. Emphasis will be placed on instruments and approaches used to determine and monitor ELL students' English proficiency and academic development in English. (Includes 20 hrs. of clinical experience)

EDU6150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3 semester hours) 
This course provides an introduction to the study of linguistic applied to teaching English Language Learners. The course provides exposure to English phonology, morphology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory. Participants will also study theories and practices involving 1st and 2nd language acquisition. (Includes 20 hrs. of clinical experience)

EDU6170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs (3 semester hours)
This course prepares participants by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to meet the needs of English Language Learners in bilingual contexts.  Participants will study the theoretical basis, methods, and techniques needed for effective teaching in bilingual/bicultural classrooms.  Accordingly, participants will learn to develop lesson plans and materials to put bilingual theory and methods into practice. (Includes 20 hrs. of clinical experience)