Master of Education Program - Concentration in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL)

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe, jim.boe@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Joan Aus, joan.aus@vscu.edu, (701)845-7187
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

Capitalizing on the university’s excellent reputation and historic role in teacher preparation this concentration serves teachers who seek the ELL endorsement at the graduate level. The program meets the requirements of the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB), offers a viable online graduate program option to teachers outside the state seeking to improve their credentials, and enhances the educational opportunities for teachers in reservation school districts and tribal colleges in the region by providing graduate-level ELL content embedded in a master’s degree.

 

Concentration Requirements

The Master of Education in English Language Learners requires 34 hours of coursework, an action research report, and the oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research, and technology. All M.Ed. students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses.

Core Required Courses
EDUC 610Research in Education3
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
Required Courses
EDUC 660Assessment Strategies for ELL2
EDUC 663Methods of Teaching ELL2
EDUC 670Second Language Acquisition2
EDUC 673Foundations of Bilingual Education2
EDUC 685Action Research in Education3
EDUC 693ELL Teaching Practicum2
ENGL 653Language and Culture3
ENGL 673Linguistics for ELL Teachers3
These courses are designed to support the student in completing graduation requirements culminating in the program's core values as outcomes.
Special Program Requirements
EDUC 689Research Application1
EDUC 698Capstone2
Total Credits34

Total Core 12 Hrs
Total Required 19 Hrs
Total Special Program Requirements 3 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 34 Hrs

Core Values/Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. Diversity/Global Awareness

The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.