Agenda Item FA 12-14
Submitted by the Academic Programs
COEHS - Childhood Education
Course Changes & Programs of Changes (1 packet)
Log Number: 201108-124
Childhood Education - Graduate
Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program
Master of Education -
Elementary Education Major TESOL (Tch Eng/Speakers of Other Lang) Concentration
Summary of the Changes:
For the Master of Education in Elementary Education with a Concentration in TESOL, the following changes are proposed in the program of study. First, for the major requirements, an option to take EDG 6623 Curriculum and Instruction for Adult Learning should be added for those students who wish to focus on adult education. Currently, the program only offers elementary and secondary school curriculum courses, but many of the students in the program wish to teach adults. Next, for the culminating experience option one, TSL 6940 TESOL Practicum should be changed to a 6-hour requirement to allow for a richer, more directed experience for students than is achieved through a 3-hour TESOL Practicum and an independent study (EDE 6910 Directed Individual Study/Research). The Practicum course would be offered most frequently as a 6-hour course, but the proposed change of study shows it as variable 3-6 credits to offer flexibility when needed (e.g. student completes 3 hours abroad and 3 hours at UNF over two semesters). Finally, option three of the culminating experience should be removed. Option three requires students to take EDG 6923 Curriculum Readings and one elective, and this option has no TESOL focus or requirement.
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Change an existing course
|With the proposed changes, all students will complete 6 hours of practicum TSL 6940 for culminating experience option one. Currently, students take the 3-hour practicum and an independent study, EDE 6910 Directed Individual Study/Research. The requested action would improve option one of the culminating experience. Most students would be advised to complete the practicum course as a six-hour course in one semester; however, the course will have variable credits (3-6) to offer flexibility when needed. With a 6-hour requirement, students would have more interaction with their colleagues in a classroom setting, and have more opportunity to collectively reflect upon their teaching experiences in TESOL.
New Course Description:
This course requires teaching experience in the field with English Language Learners. Peer and instructor class observations and coaching sessions will be given during weekly seminar-style meetings and in the field. Practicum students' structured experiences in classroom observations, lesson planning, and assisting/facilitating lessons for ELLs, will be based on current research and practices in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Candidates and the practicum instructor collaborate with various ESOL programs in the community to facilitate the practicum for the candidates.