|In the current program of study for the Master of Education in Elementary Education P-12 Concentration, there is one course that needs to be changed. The current course is LIN 5743 ESOL Applied Linguistics, which is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences requested that the College of Education and Human Services create their own course in linguistics. The new course will be TSL 6xxx, Principles of Linguistics in ESOL. A related APC package in the Workflow is to add a Certificate program in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). If and when that package is approved, it will be necessary to change the program of study for the Master's Degree in Elementary Education P-12 Concentration, because the population of students completing the certificate program will be taking TSL 6xxx, which, in turn, could be applied toward the Master of Education in Elementary Education P-12 TESOL Concentration. In other words, the 18 hours of TSL requirements for both the M.Ed. P-12 TESOL concentration and the Certificate in TESOL are the same courses. For information on TSL 6xxx, please see package 201008-78. In addition, there is another requested action: to change the name of the concentration of the master's degree. The current name of the concentration, "P-12 TESOL," is confusing to potential students from outside the field of education. It is also confusing to potential students from outside the United States. Furthermore, it discourages applicants who wish to teach adults, even though the program meets the needs of students who plan to teach at the adult level. To have the name of the concentration changed to simply "TESOL" would be much more inclusive and marketable.
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