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B.S. Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language {20-21}

B.S. Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language

Description
To receive the B.S. Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits) and Secondary Teaching Licensure Education requirements (36 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

  • Graduates will meet the standards for teachers of ESL set by Minnesota State Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, North Dakota Educational Standards and Practices Board, TESOL, and NCATE.
  • Graduates will achieve passing scores on the MTLE for ESL exam.
  • Graduates will be able to teach English language learners in grades k-12 in Minnesota.
  • Graduates will be able to teach English language learners in grades k-12 in North Dakota.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Language: Students know, understand, and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English language learners (ELLs).
Culture Students know, understand, and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction Students know, understand, and use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL instruction. Candidates are knowledgeable about program models and skilled in teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills. They integrate technology as well as choose and adapt classroom resources appropriate for their ELLs.
Assessment Students demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use appropriate procedures with ELLs.
Professionalism Students know how to keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues. They use such information to reflect on and improve their instruction and assessment practices. They work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.

Core Requirements ( 69 credits )

ENGL 365 Language and Learning (3)
LANG 457 Second Language Acquisition & Language Teaching (3)
LANG 471 Methods and Materials in Teaching Languages I (3)
LANG 472 Methods and Materials in Teaching Languages II (3)
LANG 475 Second Language Assessment (3)
PHIL 318 Professional Ethics (3)
STL 295 Foundations of Language & Literacy (3)
TESL 451 English Structures (3)
TESL 454 Grammar for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
TESL 455 Oral Discourse Structures (3)
TESL 456 Written Discourse Structures (3)
Total: 33 credits

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

AMCS 233 Education and Multicultural America (3)
COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3) 
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary (12) or
ED 460S Student Teaching: Secondary (6) and
EECE 480E Student Teaching: Elementary (6) or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 (12)
SPED 225 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
Total: 36 credits

Program Requirements

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.

Related Requirements

One year of second foreign language study at the college level or its equivalent (6-8 credits).