This online non-degree, supplementary endorsement provides teachers with current approaches to teaching English as a Second Language students. The program focuses on instructional methods, curriculum, and teaching materials that promote the mastery of English in order for students to achieve academically in all content areas.This program is a 21 credit hour graduate supplemental endorsement that can be applied towards a master of curriculum and instruction degree. The ESL endorsement is approved by the Nebraska Department of Education. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Standard teaching certificate
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Prior to enrolling in TE 816A students must be approved by the Educator Certification Office and Department Chair. In addition, students must have taken at least 15 credit hours in the endorsement before they can do the practicum.
Course Number: ENG 803
An introduction to descriptive linguistics with emphasis on phonology, syntax, and morphology, as they apply to the study of English as a language.
|Curriculum Development & Research||3|
Course Number: FORL 800
A study in the areas of curriculum design, methodology and testing, plus research methods in all of these fields.
|Second Language Acquisition||3|
Course Number: FORL 810
Discussion of the principal theories of language acquisition, the factors which affect the learning of a second language, and the theories of second language pedagogy.
Course Number: FORL 870P
Theoretical foundations and sociolinguistic contexts of ESL teaching.
|Practicum in Education||3|
Course Number: TE 816A
This practicum course requires, depending on the number of credit hours desired, between 40 and 240 clock hours of participation by the student in an educational setting. The specific experiences to be gained and the setting will be determined by the supervising professor and the student.
|English Language Learners: Culture, Civil Rights & Advocacy||3|
Course Number: TE 825
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students seeking the English as a Second Language Endorsement the opportunity to explore the changing demographics underlying the presence of language minority students in the public schools, the acculturation process, the terminology of second language education, immigration issues for English Language Learners students (ELLs), and the federal and state laws that impact ELLs and their families. Special attention is given to identifying the attitudes, skills, and behaviors which the teacher needs to develop a welcoming classroom and school climate in which ELLs can learn and become a part of the community. This course will hopefully transform graduate students to act as effective advocates for ELLs in K-12 schools.
|Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language||3|
Course Number: TE 826
This course has been designed to present content methods and teaching strategies to promote inclusion of English Language Learners (ELLs) in regular K-12 classrooms. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and the school assessments which include English Language Learners, mainstream and ESL teachers face increasingly demanding accountability standards. In most cases, ELLs are tested on content areas after one year in school. In other words, ELLs can no longer be treated as "invisible" students. The issue of access to knowledge, one of the bedrocks in the renewed teacher education program at UNK, critical for schools facing these accountability standards. This course will also focus on the twin goals of helping ELLs learn social (BICS) and academic (CALPS) English while providing content instruction. These are daunting tasks and as any ESL teacher will tell you, these goals are not always achieved because of the many compromises forced upon students and teachers by an educational system that has traditionally not had to deal with linguistic diversity.
|Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts||3|
Course Number: TE 853A
This course is designed to present the most recent research literature and teaching strategies as they relate to the curriculum content advocated for young children, with and without exceptionalities, including those from low-income families or who are linguistically or culturally diverse. Students will learn to evaluate curriculum, and to design, adapt, and implement quality instruction for young children with diverse educational needs.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.