M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning: Bilingual ESL Concentration

This program focuses on developing advanced practitioners in the fields of bilingual education and English for speakers of other languages. As part of the full master’s degree program in education, the concentration stresses principles of inquiry, theory, professional applications, and research. Students who are New Jersey certified teachers may also pursue, with additional requirements, an endorsement as either bilingual and /or ESL teachers.

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Advisor: Dr. Bruce Williams
williamsb@wpunj.edu
Phone: X3654
Office: Atrium 217

Entry Requirements
Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale*.
  • A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study. 
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.

*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree. Additional materials may include the achievement of a grade of B or higher in one of the following courses: ELCL 6190  or TBED 5420.

Course Requirements: 33 Credits*
Course Number and Title Credits
Research (both courses required):..................................................................
 6
ELCL 6290: Research in Education I
3
ELCL 6300:  Research in Education II
3
   
Concentration Core**:........................................................................................  15
TBED 5390: General Linguistics
3
TBED 5400: History of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the United States
3
TBED 6070: Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition 3
TBED 6410: Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TBED 6430: Structure of American English
3
   
Elective Courses................................................................................................  12

TBED 5420: Multiculturalism and Acculturation  (required)

- Choose three (3) of the following courses.

3
TBED 5410: Language and Culture 3
TBED 6400: Content Area Instruction and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
TBED 6420: Contrastive Analysis of Native and Target Languages 3
TBED 6450: Content Areas in Bilingual Education 3
TBED 6500: Language Diversity, Loss, and Change 3
TBED 6580: Sociolinguistics 3
ENG 6200: Teaching Writing as Process I 3

 

Exit Requirements
  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations including one three-credit course in the social sciences selected with advisement and six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This latter requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.
Supervisor Certification Requirements
  • Successful completion of program requirements as of May 1999
  • Satisfactory completion of the following four courses:
    • TBED 6410 Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages***
    • TBED 6450: Content Areas in Bilingual Education***
    • EDLP 6040: Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice****
    • EDLP 6090: Supervision and Evaluation: People, Programs, and Performance****

***Part of M.Ed. program
****Taken post-masters

*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the graduate degree.

**Please see Bilingual/ESL program advisor for sequence of courses.