Preparing All Teachers to Better Serve English Learners (PATSEL)
The PATSEL Program
Preparing All Teachers to Better Serve English Learners (PATSEL):
A U.S. Department of Education National Professional Development Grant
William Paterson University has been awarded a National Professional Development Grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The $1.5 million grant, Project PATSEL, will strengthen the knowledge base of teachers of English Learners (ELs) through professional development and support.
The PATSEL project includes quality on-going professional development for all teachers and other educational personnel to better serve ELs in our professional development schools in Paterson, Passaic, and Clifton as well as other economically disadvantaged school districts.
The project provides academic preparation and scholarships for math and science teachers to earn English as a second language certification at the graduate level. The project also provides pre-service teacher candidates with the opportunity to pursue bilingual certification as an endorsement on their initial teaching certification.
In addition, the project will assist the WPU faculty (including Professors-in-Residence) on effective instructional practices and curriculum development for ELs in undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs.
Certification for In-Service Teachers of STEM Subjects
Provide academic preparation and scholarships (equivalent to WPU in-state tuition) for in-service teachers of STEM subjects to pursue a 21-credit ESL certification program at the graduate level.
Certification for Pre-Service Teacher Candidates
Provide academic preparation and financial assistance (equivalent to WPU in-state tuition) for pre-service teacher candidates (including STEM majors) in WPU College of Education to pursue a12-credit additional bilingual certification as an endorsement on their initial teaching certification.
Here are two graduates of the program discussing their experiences of having gone through the PATSEL Grant: