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Master's in TESOL Online Courses

Course Descriptions

Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) online courses will provide you with strategies to support students learning English throughout their education. These masters' courses support all three tracks of the program. Work with your Admissions Advisor to determine the right classes and track for you.

All courses listed are worth 3 credits. Please note: Course list and sequence are subject to change.

C&T 709 - Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction

Basic concepts and processes of curriculum and instruction, including theories, planning models, resources for decision-making, current trends, research and proposals for improvement of curriculum and instruction.

EPSY 715 - Understanding Research in Education

This class presents core concepts for understanding and implementing research materials in education. You will acquire the fundamental skills to understand and critically analyze research in the field of education and related areas, and to apply research materials and strategies to your own practice. The course provides an overview of various research methodologies, introducing students to a wide array of general knowledge. Much of the material covered in this course will be studied in greater depth throughout your course work, and will form the basis for independent research and for the Master's Project. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods and designs, historical and descriptive research, and program evaluation.

C&T 745 - Reading and the English Language Learner in PreK-12

The course focuses on the literacy development, research, and effective teaching practices that support emerging bilinguals (EBs) and additive bilinguals becoming literate in PK - Grade 12 and adult academic settings. We examine how learning to read, writing, speaking and viewing in a new language are similar and/or dissimilar from these dimensions in a first language. Cognitive, sociocultural, linguistic and educational perspectives are investigated as part of this examination. Specific examples of challenges that exist for students as they learn to communicate in English are shared and problem�solved. Ways to connect students' home languages, background literacy knowledge and development are also explored. The course examines the essential components of literacy instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and comprehension. As each component is studied, implications for literacy development with EBs are highlighted.

C&T 807 - Multicultural Education

In order to provide the student with an understanding of multicultural education, the course will examine the effects of such issues as ethnicity in America, the melting pot theory, separatism, cultural pluralism, legal issues and bilingual education upon the curriculum and instruction in today's classrooms. It will include an evaluation of materials for bias and stereotypes. Field experiences are a part of this course.

C&T 820 - Methods of TESOL

The purpose of this course is to study the objectives and methods of ESL/Bilingual education. Students will examine methods and techniques of teaching: listening, speaking, reading and writing in the ESL/Bilingual education settings. The course will also emphasize the importance of culture in second language teaching, and self-evaluation of teaching and instructional materials.

C&T 821 - Assessment in TESOL

This course provides an overview of diagnostic techniques and instruments used to identify and remediate specific learning difficulties associated with normal second-language development in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course includes a review of research concerning assessment as it relates to error analysis in the second-language context.

C&T 822 - Second Language Acquisition for TESOL Educators

This course provides an intensive review of the theory and research base of second-language acquisition. Particular attention is given to the influence of research trends in linguistics and psychology on second-language education theory and practice. Current trends in second-language education are examined in light of the historical theory base.

C&T 824 - Problems in Second Language Instruction

This course presents a study of curricula and instruction in the second-language setting at all levels with emphasis on educational research concerning these issues. Particular attention is given to developing competency in locating and utilizing sources of information and to preparing the research document. The course facilitates practical problem solving in the second-language learning context.

C&T 826 - Linguistic Analysis for TESOL Educators

This course offers pre- and in-service teachers the basic foundations of language analysis necessary for the teaching of second/foreign languages. The course covers basic linguistic topics common to all human languages (grammatical, phonological and semantic aspects) with the intent to help teachers understand and address common languages problems that students face when learning English as a second/foreign language.

C&T 825 - TESOL Practicum

This course provides a supervised teaching experience in a setting appropriate to the goals of the prospective ESL/Bilingual teacher: elementary, secondary or adult. Particular attention is given to lesson planning, classroom management and the development of self-evaluation techniques. This course will also emphasize structured classroom observation prior to teaching and techniques for developing and maintaining positive working relationships with other professionals in the school setting. Prerequisite: C&T 820, C&T 821, and C&T 822 or C&T 824. FLD.

C&T 898 - Master's Project (Capstone)

The master's project is a collection of artifacts completed during courses in the program, along with documentation of other activities demonstrating leadership and professionalism, to demonstrate the four program outcomes: Teaching All Students, Knowing and Using Research, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, and Foundational Knowledge.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

April 26
Summer 2019 Term

Next Start

May 13
Summer 2019 Term

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term


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