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Core Curriculum

The ELL M.Ed Program comprises two strands. Teaching English Learners in the U.S. or Teaching English Internationally . The requirements for both strands follow:

Teaching English Language Learners in the U. S.

Students who have or will obtain U.S. K-12 licensure will be eligible for an ESL endorsement recommendation upon completion of the program and successful passing the ESL Praxis examination. A m inimum of 31 credit hours are required.

Major Requirements (16 semester hours)

  • EDUC 6520 Foundations for ELL Education (3cr)
  • EDUC 6540 Methods and Materials for ELL Education (3cr)
  • EDUC 6530 Educational Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3cr)
  • EDUC 6550  Assessment of ELL Students (3cr)
  • EDUC 6521, 6541, 6551 Practicum for ELL Education (3cr total)
  • EDUC 7992  Capstone Seminar (1cr)

Professional Education Core (9 semester hours): Courses are described below. At least two of the four areas must be represented.

Electives: Choose credits in a foreign language (6000 level or above), graduate level courses in instructional methods, reading, or English education, courses listed below, or coursework approved by your advisor.

Foreign Language Requirement: Intermediate proficiency in a language other than English is required for Teaching English language learners in the U.S. strand.  Such proficiency can be demonstrated by completion of 6 hours of university credit (undergraduate credit can apply) in a foreign language at the intermediate level of proficiency (coursework at the 2000 level or above), or show such competency by a language test (such as the ACTFL) or a Vanderbilt placement test taken in the target language.

Teaching English Internationally

This English Language Learners program strand is open to students who wish to teach English learners in an international setting and is aligned with Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) standards. Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a TESOL certificate/notation on their transcripts. A m inimum of 31 credit hours are required.  

Major Requirements (24 hours)

  • EDUC 6520 Foundations for ELL Education (3cr)
  • EDUC 6540 Methods and Materials for ELL Education (3cr)
  • SLS 6030 Foreign Language Learners and Teaching OR EDUC 6580 EFL Methods (3cr)
  • SLS 7040 Second Language Acquisition Theories and Research 
OR EDUC 6570 Teaching Second Language Literacy  (3cr)
  • EDUC 6530 Educational Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3cr)
  • EDUC 6550 Assessment of ELL Students (3cr)
  • EDUC 6521, 6541, 6551 Practicum for ELL Education (3cr total)
  • EDUC 7500 Writer's Workshop for International Students (Required for International Students only) (2cr)
  • EDUC 7992  Capstone Seminar (1cr)

Professional Education Core (9 semester hours): Courses are described below. At least two of the four areas must be represented. Some major course requirements can be counted towards professional core requirements. 

Electives: Choose credits in a foreign language (6000 level or above), graduate level courses in instructional methods, reading, or English education, courses listed below, or coursework approved by your advisor.

Language Requirement: Students will demonstrate proficiency in social, business/workplace and academic English as demonstrated by the TOFEL, ACTFL, the Michigan Placement Test, and /or the Oral Language Interview and written test.

PROFESSIONAL CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH STRANDS OF THE ELL M.ED. PROGRAM 

Professional Education Core (9 semester hours): Courses described below. At least two of the four areas must be represented.   *= Major Course Requirements that can be counted toward Professional Core Requirements.

A. Humanistic Dimensions of Education

  • EDUC 6300: Advanced Social and Philosophical Aspects of Education  
  • EDUC 6050: Parent, the School, and the Community 
  • EDUC 6520: Foundations of ELL Education *

B. Behavioral Studies

  • EDUC 6010: Psychological Foundations of Education 
  • EDUC 8200: Foundations in Learning and Development  
  • PSY-GS 8400: Developmental Psychology
  • SPED 7000: Education and Psychology of Exceptional Learners 

C. Teaching Strategies and Curriculum

  • EDUC 6070: Foundations of Education  
  • EDUC 6310: Advanced Teaching in Secondary Schools 
  • EDUC 6540: Methods and Materials for ELL Education *
  • EDUC 6080: Principles of Curriculum Development 

D. Assessment and Research Tools

  • EDUC 6040: Analysis of Teaching 
  • EDUC 7810: Action Research 

ELECTIVE OPTIONS FOR BOTH STRANDS OF THE ELL M.ED. PROGRAM 

Electives: Choose courses in a foreign language (6000 level or above), graduate level courses in instructional methods, reading, or English education, courses listed below, or coursework approved by your advisor.

ENED 6340 Reading and Learning with Print and New Media   3
ENED 6370  Teaching Literature and Media to Adolescents   3
ENED 6380  Teaching Writing and Multimedia Composition   3
EDUC 6580 Principles and Techniques in Teaching EFL/ESL  3
EDUC 6460  Language, Education, and Diversity     3
EDUC 7500  Race, Identity, and Agency   3
EDUC 6060  Cultural Diversity in American Education    3
ENED 6200  Teaching Literature in Elementary Classrooms   3
ENED 6360  Literature, Popular Culture, and New Media   3
HOD 8200    Community Development Organization and Policy 3
EDUC 6080  Principles of Curriculum Development  3
EDUC 7900  Teaching as a Social Practice  3
EDUC 7810   Action Research  3
ENED 6080  Advanced Study of Literature for Children and Adolescents 3

Requirements for International Students: In order to maintain your F1 Visa Status, you must enroll in 9 credits per semester.  For more detailed information about immigration regulations, please see your ISSS advisor.

Additional Endorsement Tracks

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Adding an ELL endorsement to the Reading Educ. M.Ed. program

Overview:

Reading Education M.Ed. students may meet all the course requirements for both the reading specialist endorsement and the ELL endorsement to their TN teaching license in three regular semesters (Fall/Spring/Fall) following the course of study below.  At present, this is the only sequence of courses that fills both the state of Tennessee’s Reading and ELL endorsement requirements and leads to recommendation for dual endorsement. Total Hours:  33

Other Required Experiences:

Foreign Language Requirement:

To be recommended for the ELL endorsement, the state of Tennessee requires that students have 6 hours of university credit in a foreign language at the intermediate level of proficiency (coursework at the 200 level or above, or show such competency by test, such as the ACTFL taken in the language of study).  Direct questions concerning your foreign language background to Dr. Lisa Pray (lisa.pray@vanderbilt.edu) or Dr. Robert Jimenez (Robert.jimenez@vanderbilt.edu)

Classroom teaching requirement:

As a reminder, the state of Tennessee requires that a candidate for the Reading Specialist complete 3 years of classroom teaching prior to being recommended for the endorsement.  Direct questions to Dr. Debbie Rowe (Deborah.rowe@vanderbilt.edu)

Required Practica:

When planning their schedules, students should note that they are engaged in school-based practica each semester. These activities are required by the state of Tennessee for students who wish to be recommended for the ELL and Reading Specialist endorsements.  Each semester, students should keep at least 2 mornings per week open for practicum work.

Required Coursework for Reading Specialist AND ELL Endorsements

Fall (10 hours)

Spring  (12 hours)

Reading Required:

Reading Required:

EDUC 3390 (3 credits)

 

EDUC 3420 (3 credits)

EDUC 3370 (3 credits)

 

EDUC 3430 (2 credit practicum)

EDUC 3430 (1 credit practicum)

EDUC 3680 (1 credit)

ELL Required:

ELL Required:

EDUC 3550 (3 credits)

(counts as prof. educ. Core and language arts requirement)

EDUC 3540 (3 credits)

(counts in prof. ed. Core)

 

EDUC 3572 (1 credit)

Practicum required co-requisite for EDUC 3540. 

 

EDUC 3560 (3 credits)

(counts as elective)

 

EDUC 3573  - Practicum  required co-requisite for EDUC 3560 Students seeking dual endorsement will combine assignments for this practicum with assignments for EDUC 3430. 

 

 

Fall (11 hours)

 

Reading Required

 

ENED 3400 (3 credits)

 

 

EDUC 3680  (1 credit)

 

ELL Required:

 

EDUC 3530 (3 credits)

(counts as elective)

 

EDUC 3571 Practicum: (1 credit)

Practicum co-requisite for EDUC 3530

 

1 Prof. Ed Core Course (3 credits)