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Master of Science in Instruction: Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education

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Program Description

The current Master of Science in Instruction: Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the area of Bilingual/Bicultural at the elementary level.*

*Please note that the current Master of Science in Instruction - Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education is under revision. The new program, Master of Science in Teaching and Inquiry-Elementary and Bilingual/Bicultural Education will have a pre-set course sequence that will be 5 terms in length requiring completion of 31 credit hours. Each term students take one required “core” course and one elective course from an extensive list of possible classes that lead to Bilingual or ESL endorsement. It is anticipated that this program will be initiated in Fall 2013.


Admission Requirements

Undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  •  Eighteen credit hours of undergraduate coursework in any one of the following areas of concentration: social/behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities, or other related disciplines
  • Current, valid elementary education or early childhood teaching certificate
  • Literacy assessment of proficiency in native language and the target language by program faculty.

A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate level coursework may be transferred into the program, based upon the evaluation that the coursework is equivalent in scope and content to required program coursework, in accordance with the policy established by the Graduate College. Courses are offered in a three-year cycle.


Degree Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE:
See pertinent sections in the Catalog for course descriptions.

  1. Professional Core....................................18 credit hours
    EDFN-416 Cultural Pluralism and Schools....................3 cr.
    ELED-414 Principles of Curriculum Development.........3 cr.
    ELED-430 Trends and Issues in Assessment................3 cr.
    INMD-410 Media Technology for Educators.................3 cr.
    READ-402 Issues in Reading Instruction.......................3 cr.
    or
    READ-410 Reading in the Content Area........................3 cr.
    ELED-406 Research Skills for the
    Classroom Teacher..................................3 cr.
  2. Bilingual/Bicultural Education................18 credit hours
    BLBC-438 Foundations of Bilingual Education.............3 cr.
    BLBC-439 Ethnic Diversity in Our Schools:
    A Cross-Cultural/Linguistic Survey..........3 cr.
    BLBC -440 Teaching in Culture and Language Diverse
    Classrooms..............................................3 cr.
    BLBC 441 Materials, Methods and Techniques
    for Teaching Limited English
    Proficient Students...................................3 cr.
    BLBC-442 Assessment Tools for Bilingual Students.....3 cr.
    TESL-414 Theories of Teaching English
    as a Second Language..............................3 cr.
  3. Process-oriented research paper, indicating mastery of formal research skills.
  4. Content-oriented research paper, indicating depth in candidate's academic area of concentration.
  5. Overall academic and professional assessment through a review of the candidate’s portfolio and interview by program faculty.