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English as a Second Language Certificate

The focus of Bay Path's English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate is to offer graduate students and working professionals a more in-depth understanding of working with our K12 English language learners, that is comprehensive and evidence-based. Graduate students and professionals can use this knowledge in the field to better serve our K12 EL population. The certificate consists of 12 credits (4 courses) and all courses are offered fully online.

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
ESL507 Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL): Methods and Applications 3

This course is an introduction to the foundations, methods, applications and instructional practices (e.g. WIDA, SIOP) on the teaching of the English language to culturally diverse learners (ELLs). Participants will examine a variety of topics which will include and not be limited to: identifying culturally diverse students, methodology, formal and informal assessment, bridging home and school, technology, advocacy, and research-based school practices within the complexity of language learning/teaching. This course will include an overview of the WIDA English Language Development Standards to learn how to develop language objectives for the ELL student. Additionally, students will conduct an in-depth examination of how learning is organized in culturally responsive classrooms and schools throughout the United States. 12 Hours of fieldwork experience required.

ESL533 Language Acquisitions and Literacy Development Part I 3

This course will explore the theory of research related to first and second language acquisition. Participants will conduct an in-depth examination of learning theories and practices for developing reading skills and comprehension in English as a first language ad different education levels. This course will include: the relevance of linguistic difference between the first and second language for reading instruction in English, differences of reading instruction in English (e.g. phonemic awareness, and phonics) for students who may or may not be literate in their first language. 12 hours of fieldwork experience required.

SPE525 Multisensory Language and Literacy Strategies 3

Students explore content and teaching strategies used to develop competent readers and writers, based upon guidelines in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and techniques for developing skills to facilitate placement in the least restrictive environment. Topics include the teaching of reading; expanding literacy across the content areas, language arts instruction, diagnosis and assessment of reading skills using a variety of assessment techniques, educational terminology; theories of language development; design and modification of curriculum and intervention programs for success in reading for all levels, and concepts of digital literacy are introduced. Focus on identifying and developing appropriate multisensory structured language strategies including knowledge of theories, programs and practices, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary development, use of formal and informal assessments; and ways to prepare and maintain students in general education. At least 10 hours of instruction covering the teaching of reading are delivered in this course.

SPE548 Reading and Language Arts for English Language Learners 3

The course focuses on current theories and their applications related to the teaching of ELLs. This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice, and to build teachers’ confidence and familiarity with research-proven practices for working with ELLs. This course is made up of two modules: A) ELLs: Their World and Second Language Acquisition Process in the SEI Classroom and B) Academic Language and Literacy Development in the SEI Classroom. Students are only endorsed for SEI if they complete an initial licensure program at Bay Path University.