Graduate Endorsements Course Descriptions

English as a Second Language Endorsement

ESL500: Introduction to ESL (3 credits)

This course examines theories of language acquisition, history, and legal implications of ESL in the United States. Students will become familiar with local and national standards of ESL. Tis course provides a general overview of strategies and techniques effective for teaching English Language Learners.

ESL550: Cross-Cultural Communications (3 credits)

This course examines the implications of serving diverse cultures present in an ESL setting, including cultures of race/ethnicity, religion, and poverty. Students will identify the characteristics of different cultures and effective strategies to use when working with students and families of diverse populations. Students will examine their own cultural biases and biases of others in educational settings. Students will interact with students and/or adults who are not native English speaking.

ESL600: Methods-Assessment-and Evaluation of ESL Learners (4 credits)

This course provides in-depth experiences in the methods, assessment, and evaluation of ESL students. Methods of instruction will include a variety of models, techniques, and strategies that are effective with ESL students. Practice with models of sheltered instruction will prepare Teacher Candidates in the areas of planning, instruction, review, and assessment to work in classrooms with English language learners. Tis course includes a field-based experience of 15 hours.

ESL655: Linguistics for ESL (3 credits)

Students will know, understand, and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English Language Learners (ELLs) develop language, literacy, and achieve in the content areas. Students will also use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction.

ESL698: ESL Practicum (2 credits)

This course provides Candidates an opportunity to complete a practicum of 45+ hours in an ESL setting. Candidates will select from a variety of assignments related to their practicum experience. The grade levels for the practicum must correspond with field or subject endorsement the Candidate currently holds. If a Candidate is seeking a PK-12 endorsement, the practicum must be completed at the level not on the current endorsement (if applies).

HAL Endorsement

HAL 500: Introduction to Educating High Ability Students (4 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to gifted education and talent development, aligned with national standards in knowledge and skills in the field. The course takes advantage of a variety of sources of information and asks participants to apply new understandings and skills in practical ways. Assignments are differentiated for different roles in schools today; participants will develop knowledge and skills essential for successful teaching, counseling, or coordinating gifted/talented programs. 

HAL 510: Psychology of Giftedness (4 credits)

This course will explore theories of learning, child development and motivation. Issues unique to the field of giftedness such as underachievement in high ability learners, cognitive and affective needs of gifted learners as well as creativity, gender and cultural issues surrounding the needs of high ability learners. There is a minimum of 20 hours of practicum required in this course.

HAL 520: Programming for the High Ability Learner (3 credits)

This course will explore different programming models for high ability learners. A major focus of this course will explore curriculum concepts in the realm of high ability learner education as well as differentiation, acceleration, advanced placement as well as current readings and research in the field of high ability education. 

HAL 530: Administration and Supervision of High Ability Learner Programs (3 credits)

This course will review policy issues regarding high ability learner education programs. Students will become familiar with program evaluation, staff development for high ability learner programs and leadership in high ability learner education. 

HAL 599: HAL Practicum/Seminar (4 credits)

This course provides candidates with a clinical experience of 70 hours in a Gifted and Talented setting at both the elementary and secondary levels. Students will demonstrate, reflect, and evaluate their proficiency in many of the program outcomes.  Students will be involved in a book study and strengthen their understanding of high ability learners thru an in-depth study.