Graduate Program

Bilingual Certification Program

* Requirements for Admission
1. An initial NJ teaching certificate (Standard or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing only) in content areas that can be taught bilingually. Holders of an English or foreign Language teaching certificate should consult the program director.
2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.

* Curriculum (18 credits):
TBED 540 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the U.S.
TBED 542 Multiculturalism and Acculturation
TBED 641 Methods and Materials in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TBED 642 Contrastive Analyses of Native and Target Languages
TBED 645 Content Areas in Bilingual Education
TBED 660 Field Research: Internship in Bilingual Education

A score of Advanced Low on Oral Proficiency Interviews and Written Proficiency Examinations in Language of Instruction and English on examinations administered by Language Testing International is required for a student to receive endorsement from the State of New Jersey. In the event that no written examinations are available for the language of instruction, Advanced Low must be received on the written and oral English examinations and on the oral examination in the language of instruction.

Exams are the official tool of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are administrated by Language Testing International.

For more information and current prices visit www.languagetesting.com

ESL Certification Program

¨ ¨ Requirements for Admission
1. An initial New Jersey teaching certificate (Standard or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing only).
2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.

Curriculum (21 credits):
TBED 539 General Linguistics
TBED 542 Multiculturalism and Acculturation
TBED 607 Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition
TBED 640 Content Area Instruction and Assessment in ESL
TBED 641 Methods and Materials in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TBED 643 Structure of American English
TBED 661 Field Research: Internship in ESL

A score of Advanced Low on Oral Proficiency Interviews and Written Proficiency Examinations in in English on examinations administered by Language Testing International is required for a student to receive endorsement from the State of New Jersey.

Exams are the official tool of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are administrated by Language Testing International.

For more information and current prices visit www.languagetesting.com

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning
with a Concentration in Bilingual/ESL Education

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  2. . A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. A minimum verbal score of 450 on the Graduate Record Examination or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test.
  4. A five-page essay applicant following the guidelines of the Office of Gradon his or her The Office of Graduate Studies.
  5. A copy of the applicant’s Standard Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing or a resume of teaching experience.
  6. Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  7. Each applicant should have a personal interview before being admitted for matriculation.

Curriculum (33 credits):
·Psychological/Sociological Component (3 credits)
TBED 542 Multiiculturalism and Acculturation

·Core Concentration (15 Credits)
TBED 539 General Linguistics
TBED 540 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the U.S
TBED 607 Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition
TBED 641 Methods and Materials in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TBED 643 Structure of American English  

·Concentration Electives (9 credits)
TBED 541 Language and Culture
TBED 640 Content Area Instruction and Assessment in ESL
TBED 642 Contrastive Analyses of Native and Target Languages
TBED 645 Content Areas in Bilingual Education
TBED 647 Teaching American English Pronunciation to Speakers of Other Languages
TBED 650 Language Diversity, Loss, and Change
TBED 652 Bilingualism as an Individual and Social Phenomenon.
TBED 658 Sociolinguistics
ENG 620 Teaching Writing as a Process

Research (6 credits each)
ELCL 629 Research in Education I (formerly CIEE 629)
ELCL 630 Research in Education II (formerly CIEE 630)

Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive program portfolio. Guidelines for this portfolio can be obtained from the Bilingual/ESL Program Director.

Credit requirements for single and multiple programs :

1. Bilingual certification only: 18 credits
2. ESL Certification only: 21 credits
3. Master's of Education only: 33 credits
*4. Bilingual certification + ESL certification: 33 credits
*5. Bilingual certification + M.Ed: 36 credits
*6. ESL certification + M.Ed: 36 credits
*7. Bilingual certification + ESL certification +M.Ed: 42 credits
Some courses are applied more than once.

* Acceptance to each program requires a separate application.

For further program information, contact Dr.Bruce Williams (program director) at williamsb@wpunj.edu, (973) 720-3654, CV.

For admission information, please visit the web site of the Office of Graduate Studies or call the office at (973) 720-2237.