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Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

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Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

This fully online graduate certificate program is for teachers and administrators that hope to improve K-12 education for their culturally and linguistically diverse students. The purpose of the certificate is to develop the capacity of teachers and administrators to provide high quality instructional experiences for diverse learners. The majority of course content will be centered around a menu of readings and assignments that allow teachers and administrators to select those that are most germane to their local and
personal teaching context
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About the Program

The program of study includes the three course sequence needed to earn an ESOL endorsement and three additional courses that emphasize the social, cultural and academic contexts inherent in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The unique aspect is the potential for several teachers from a site or district to engage in the coursework simultaneously and collaborate on capstone experiences. This coursework aligns with TAPS standards that comprise the TKES assessment system for teachers in Georgia

Program Features

  • Fully online
  • Course assignments aligned with individual teaching contexts
  • Previous coursework may be applied pending program approval

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by proper regional accrediting association or the equivalent at a recognized international university.
  2. A 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  3. At a minimum possess or be eligible for a Georgia Induction or Professional Certificate or the equivalent, or possess or be eligible for a Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for an Induction Certificate.
  4. Submit a completed Disclosure and Affirmation Form that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
  6. Statement of career goals and objectives.

Application Deadlines
Fall 2016- August 1, 2016
Spring 2017- December 1, 2016
Summer 2017-May 1, 2016

Advisement
Dr. Alisa Leckie
Phone: (912) 478-4117
Fax: (912) 478-0026
aleckie@georgiasouthern.edu

Courses

ESED 5233G Applied Linguistics:
An in-depth study of the major theories of first and second language acquisition / development / learning and their implications for instruction.

ESED 5234G Cultural Issues:
Explores the principles of culture and its link to second language learning as well as issues associated with teaching and learning in a multicultural classroom.

ESED 5235G ESOL Methods
This course is the application of culturally relevant pedagogy and principles of language acquisition to curriculum development and implementation of instructional strategies.  Participants in this course will design curriculum and learning activities that facilitate the use of English as a Second language in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  In addition, participants will learn how to develop strategies for integrating school, neighborhood, and home resources to further the education of ESOL students.

EDUF 7230 Understanding Diversity through Case Study
Through the use of introductory case study methodology, students will explore individual classroom contexts and identified cases of culturally and linguistically diverse students with a view toward the incorporation of case study finding to their own instructional practice.

EDUF 7235 Multicultural Education
Using an interdisciplinary approach, this seminar investigates underlying theoretical concepts and social assumptions that both inform and impeded efforts in multicultural education.
This field based course will involve students in researching the local multicultural education needs, issues, and problems and developing strategies for constructing a pluralistic and culture tolerant environment in the schools and/or communities of the region.

EDUF 8233 Regional Issues in Multicultural Education
This field based course will involve students in researching the local multicultural educational needs, issues, and problems and developing strategies for constructing a pluralistic and culture-tolerant environment in the schools and/or communities of the region.

Program of Study

The program requires completion of eighteen hours of course work and can be completed at the graduate level.

Graduate
ESED 5233G – Applied Linguistics: ESOL (3)
ESED 5234G – Cultural Issues: ESOL (3)
ESED 5235G – Methods for ESOL (3)
EDUF 7230 – Understanding Diversity through Case Study (3)
EDUF 7235 – Multicultural Education (3)
EDUF 8233 – Regional Issues in multicultural Education (3)

Program Outcomes

Teachers who successfully complete this certificate will be able to engage in critical examination of their teaching practice in order to better serve culturally and linguistically diverse students. They will be able to:

  • identify student strengths and community assets
  • incorporate strengths/ assets into instructional practice
  • reflect on their teaching practice by using multiple sources of data
  • advocate for quality practices/programs to meet the unique needs of their students
  • work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students by integrating language development and content area instruction.

There is a strong alignment between the coursework in this certificate and the TAPS standards that comprise the TKES assessment system for teachers in Georgia. Standards such as professional knowledge, Instructional Planning, Differentiation and Communication are addressed throughout all six courses in the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students graduate certificate, and the remaining six standards are addressed in one or more courses.

Featured Faculty

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Dr. Alisa Leckie

  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in diversity, ESOL and Multicultural education.
  • Taught middle grades EL’s for 18 years.
  • National Board Certified: Early Adolescence/Young adulthood- English as a new language.
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Dr. Robert Lake

  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Multicultural education, Social Foundations of Education, and Curriculum Theory.
  • Taught ESL and Multicultural Education courses.
  • 2012 Jack Miller Award recipient for Scholarship and Creative Activity Georgia Southern University.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator

Dr. Alisa Leckie
Phone: (912) 478-4117
Fax: (912) 478-0026
aleckie@georgiasouthern.edu

Dr. Robert Lake
Phone: (912) 478-0355
Fax: (912) 478-5382
boblake@georgiasouthern.edu

College of Education

Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460

Last updated: 8/23/2016