Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis

M.Ed.

At Concordia University, Nebraska, you can combine the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction degree, an innovative, inquiry-based program, with the coursework required by the State of Nebraska for an English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement. The combined program provides you with a solid foundation in ESL/ELL teacher training and the professional development needed to help you become a forward-thinking teacher or administrators.

The goal of this program is to provide you with an opportunity to develop a differentiated curriculum that meets the needs of diverse learners and implement best practices to help improve your students’ performance and understanding.

Our C&I courses are taught by academic professionals and educational practitioners (master teachers in the field: principals and administrators); you will learn how theory can be applied to enhance real-world skills. The C&I program's practicum-based approach starts from your very first course, applying what you learn to actual classroom settings. This supportive approach builds confidence as you gain knowledge and experience.

Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis Program Goals

Learn how to teach language as a fully integrated system.

Employ techniques for integrating the English language into students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Understand ELL assessment issues, including accountability, bias, special education testing, language proficiency, and accommodations in formal testing situations.

Place ELLs in appropriate levels of instruction, reclassify ELLs, show ELL language growth, and guide ELL instruction.

Build partnerships with colleagues and students’ families, serve as community resources, and advocate for ELLs..

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The next start date for Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis is Monday, May 1.

Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis Courses

Curriculum & Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis

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    EDUC 534 Empowering Teachers as Leaders
    3
    This course introduces the concept of teacher leadership and its value in the field of education today. This course will explore what it means to be a teacher leader in various environments, to be advocates for students, to participate meaningfully in school reform and/or renewal processes, and to articulate knowledge of content, pedagogy, and other teaching/learning.
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    EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
    3
    This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
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    EDUC 551 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
    3
    This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
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    EDUC 524 ESL/ELL Instruction
    3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning.
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    EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
    3
    This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
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    PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    3
    A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
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    EDUC 525 ESL/ELL Curriculum and Assessment
    3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to second language curriculum selection, evaluation, and development as well as assessment and evaluation of second language learners.
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    EDUC 506 Integrating Technology into the Classroom
    3
    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of technology in the 21st century classroom. Students will explore current research, design models, tools, and instructional strategies that support the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment. Students will be expected to use course information to design an instructional unit that effectively integrates technology as a tool for enhancing the learning environment.
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    EDUC 623 Linguistics for Educators
    3
    This course provides a rigorous overview of the elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language learning and teaching. The course examines grammars and theories of English, language diversity and change, language acquisition, and philosophy and application of language study and teaching.
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    EDUC 526 Language and Culture
    3
    Language and culture are two multidimensional and constantly changing phenomena that are integrally connected to everything that happens in the world. As any language is culturally conditioned, any culture is linguistically defined. Therefore, the main goal of this course is to examine the relationship between language and culture, as well as their effect on community, identity, beliefs, and values. This course guides the student in directly applying an understanding of language and culture to classroom practice and curriculum development.
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    SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
    3
    This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
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    EDUC 590 C & I Practicum
    3
    The Curriculum and Instruction Practicum is an in-the-field experience (150 hours) under the guide of a mentor for a semester which must be completed for the Curriculum Specialist endorsement.
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    EDUC 527 ESL/TESOL Capstone
    3
    This course is designed as a culminating experience for the ESL/TESOL graduate programs. Students are asked to reflect on key areas of learning and application that they have encountered throughout the ESL/TESOL graduate curriculum. The students will also critique and analyze various aspects of their fieldwork experience. All required documentation related to coursework and fieldwork experiences will be collected and reviewed.
  • Total Credits 39
  • Total Courses 13
  • Course Length 8 weeks
  • A common core of required coursework designed to increase graduate students’ skill levels and knowledge base (21 credit hours)
  • ESL/ELL coursework aligned with the requirements for ESL/ELL endorsement certification in the state of Nebraska (12 credit hours)
  • A capstone project in each students’ interest area meeting goals of their personalized professional development plan (6 credit hours)

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On Campus

$410 credit hour
  • Conveniently located five minutes from downtown Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Structured programs/class times—meet once per week
  • Enhance your experience through social interaction with peers
  • Comfortable, professional facilities in which to learn and study
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Hybrid

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  • Face-to-face access to peers and instructors
  • Convenience of online courses with a flexible on-campus option
  • Variety of learning environments enhances your communication skills
  • Work independently and as part of a group
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$550 credit hour
  • Control your schedule and pace with flexible class options
  • Self-paced—study when it is convenient for you
  • Your classroom is available from the comforts of your home
  • Learn from instructors with diverse backgrounds from around the world
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