Teaching English as a Second Language is offered as an initial endorsement teacher licensure program for teaching pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The major is interdisciplinary and also requires the equivalent of the completion of a foreign language minor. The Major in Teaching English as a Second Language requires 25 credit hours in major courses and a minimum of 15 credit hours equivalent to a minor in one of the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, or American Sign Language.
Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
1. Understand linguistic terms and concepts essential for teaching English as a second language.
2. Identify by name all the phrasal and clausal syntactic structures commonly used in the formation of English sentences.
3. Draw generative tree diagrams of kernel sentences in English.
4. Describe how the phonemes of American English are produced in the mouth.
5. Read and write phonetic transcriptions using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
6. Understand the stages of language development in children that can normally be expected at different ages.
7. Understand a range of methodologies and approaches for teaching English that are suitable for learners of different ages and levels of English ability.
8. Articulate a philosophy of standards of correctness that balances respect for linguistic diversity with acknowledgment of the reality of both sociolinguistic prejudice and culturally determined norms of correctness.
9. Articulate how their own experience as learners of a second language facilitates empathetic understanding of their students as language learners.
10. Conceive and execute an original research study on a topic related to teaching English as a second language.
11. Effectively communicate information about a TESL research project through development and delivery of an oral presentation.
Required courses include:
ENG 219: Advanced Rhetoric and Grammar (3 hrs.)
ENG 311: History of the English Language (3 hrs.)
ENG 312: Linguistic Theory and Second Language Acquisition (3 hrs.)
ENG 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)
PSY 211: Child Development (3 hrs.)
PSY 306: Language Development (3 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
Additional liberal studies courses include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)
Requirements for the mandatory foreign language minor may be found under Spanish, German, or American Sign Language. The minor in German requires a period of study abroad.
Also required are 31 credit hours in professional education courses listed below:
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (6 hrs. required)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
Student teaching involves a full semester, with experiences in teaching English as a second language at both the pre-K-6 and 7-12 settings.
Each student must satisfy the core requirements and requirements for individual programs of study.