Master of Science in TESOL
The MS in TESOL consists of six, 3-credit courses. These courses are designed to prepare student to work with limited English speakers in a variety of settings. Five of the courses satisfy Florida’s ESOL Endorsement for Category 1 teachers (Elementary and Secondary English) and one course satisfies Florida’s ESOL requirement for Category 2 teachers and administrators.
The graduate TESOL program is designed to prepare students for work with limited English speakers in a variety of settings. Program learning outcomes are aligned with the ESOL/NCATE’S Standards that are organized around five domains:
- Language: Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and acquisition of language to construct learning environments that support ESOL students’ language and literacy development and content area achievement.
- Culture: Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct learning environments that support ESOL students’ cultural identities, language and literacy development, and content area achievement.
- Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction: Candidates know, understand, and use standards-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing ESL and content institution, including classroom organization, teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills, and choosing and adapting classroom resources.
- Assessment: Candidates understand issues of assessment and use standards-based assessment measures with ESOL students.
- Professionalism: Candidates demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching. Candidates keep current with the new instructional techniques, research results, advances, in the ESL field, and public policy issues. Candidates use such information to reflect upon and improve their instructional practices. Candidates provide support and advocate for ESOL students and their families and work collaborate to improve the learning environment.