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Agenda Item FA 19-36

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Education and Human Services (Graduate) – (Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL):

New Courses, Courses Change, Terminate Courses & Programs of Study & New Certificate (2 packages)

06/06/19: Passed

06/12/19: Approved

Log Number: 201808-109

Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL – Graduate


Change an existing non-degree program

Certificate – Graduate Certificate in TESOL


Summary of the changes:

This proposal is to update the existing 18 credit graduate TESOL certificate POS in order to fill the current curriculum gaps without increasing the overall completion credits.

 

  1. Adds a new TESOL-specific methods class in content instruction: TSL6xxx: TESOL Methods: Content Instruction (3 credits) to fill the current curriculum gap in order to support teaching and learning of English language learners (ELLs). All teachers across the curriculum regardless of their certification areas are required to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions in order to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, including English language learners (ELLs). Therefore, it is very common that TESOL programs offer a methods class to address the needs of content instruction in English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) to help ELLs in content instruction. This addition is critical given that most of the UNF TESOL graduate students are general education or content area teachers who teach contents to ELLs. (Refer to Package Log Number: 201808-110).
  2. Terminates the two existing TESOL courses (total 6 credits), TSL6252: Principles of Linguistics in ESOL Settings (3 credits) and TSL6350: Grammar for Teachers of ESOL (3 credits), and then adds a new 3 credit TSL course: TSL6xxx: Applied Linguistics and Grammar for Educators (3 credits). This content from both TSL 6252 and TSL 6350 will be incorporated into this new course and will be reinforced in the other TESOL classes by applying them into actual teaching contexts. The major reason for this change was made to give room to create a new 3 credit TESOL class, TSL6xxx: TESOL Methods: Content Instruction, without increasing the overall completion credits while filling the current curriculum gap in the existing graduate TESOL certificate program. (Refer to Package Log Number: 201808-110).

 

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Log Number: 201808-110

Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL – Graduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Master of Education - Elementary Education Major

Concentration: Tch Eng/Speakers of Other Lang


Summary of the changes:

This proposal is to update the Elementary Education Degree (TESOL-Concentration) POS (36 credits) in order to fill the current curriculum gaps without increasing the overall completion credits.

  1. Adds more core course options that students can choose from in order to diversify students’ choices depending on their needs and interests.
  2. Removes EDG6325: GenEd Comp: Models of Teach (3 Credits). The content of this class is covered throughout the other courses in the program. EDG6325 has not been offered regularly and often gets canceled due to the low enrollment.
  3. Terminates the two existing courses: TSL6252: Principles of Linguistics in ESOL (3 credits) and TSL6350: Grammar for Teachers of ESOL (3 credits) and creates a new TESOL course: TSL6xxx: Applied Linguistics and Grammar for Educators (3 credits) in order to fill the current curriculum gaps without increasing the overall completion credits.
  4. Adds a new TESOL-specific methods class in content instruction: TSL6xxx: TESOL Methods: Content Instruction (3 credits). All teachers across the curriculum regardless of their certification areas are required to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions in order to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, including English language learners (ELLs). Therefore, it is very common that TESOL programs offer a methods class to address the needs of content instruction in English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) to help ELLs in content instruction. This addition is critical given that most of the UNF TESOL graduate students are general education or content area teachers who teach contents to ELLs.
  5. Adds TSL 6xxx: ESOL Language and Literacy Development (3 credits) to fill the current curriculum gaps with little room to give specific attention to provides a comprehensive overview of the important theories and research in language and literacy development and their teaching implications for English language learners (ELLs).
  6. Adds an elective to take beyond TESOL-specific courses. Most of the present TESOL graduate students are content or general education teachers, not ESOL teachers; therefore, it is good to give this option to strengthen their own content area teaching with ELLs.
  7. Reduces TSL6940: TESOL Practicum credits hours from 6 credits to 3 credits without increasing the overall completion credits. Due to the added 10-15 hours’ field experiences in the four TESOL courses (total 45 hours) before the practicum since Fall 2016, sufficient observations/fieldwork hours are built prior to practicum. The reduced practicum credit hours made it possible to add one more 3 credit course prior to the practicum in order to fill the current curriculum gaps.
  8. Removes EDF6971: Research Master's Thesis. Students’ research needs are addressed with the infused research components throughout the TESOL courses in addition to one required research course. If students want to conduct a research project, other research courses in addition to the existing courses are available.
  9. Changes the concentration name from “Teacher of English Speakers of Other Languages” to “Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)”
  10. No new resources are needed for this program change.
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