English Language Learners Specialization

Sharpen the focus of your online education when you select the English Language Learners specialization for your degree program. Set your course to reach the pinnacle of your education career and gain an understanding of the implications of diverse languages for student learning and achievement, as well as techniques for teaching English. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

English Language Learners Specialization for Graduate Degrees

The English Language Learner specialization focuses on addressing the needs of those for whom English is not the first language. You will study integrative strategies and methods, in addition to English syntax, grammar, and pronunciation. This graduate degree specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

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Degrees Offering the English Language Learners Specialization

Graduate English Language Learners Specialization Courses

EDU 629 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners

3 Credits

This course explores strategies and techniques to support the success of language and culturally diverse students. The values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and their implication for teaching are considered. Research-based instructional approaches to developing English learner literacy will be examined.

EDU 642 Understanding & Teaching English Language

3 Credits

In this course students will study the structure of the English language in order to better understand the difficulties that arise in learning a second language. English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory will be studied.

EDU 643 Methods, Materials & Technology for Learning a Second Language

3 Credits

Strategies for English Language Learners in the content areas while maintaining a language development focus will be illustrated. Specific strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities will be examined to support learning.

EDU 659 Testing & Assessment for English Language Learners

3 Credits

Various tools and methodologies for assessing English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing for both ELL children and adults will be critiqued. Formative and summative assessments will be explored with an emphasis on the application and appropriateness of their use for instructional design.