Teacher Leadership in Bilingual ESL Instruction Graduate Certificate

The Teacher Leadership in Bilingual ESL Instruction Graduate Certificate requires admission to the Graduate School and 12 semester hours of graduate courses from the following.

Requirement to complete graduate certificate program.
BLED 501GLB/Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education3
BLED 510Dual Language Assessment3
BLED 597Special Topics4
One course (3 sh) from the following:
BLED 502Social & Academic Language Development for Bilingual Learners3
BLED 512Social and Academic Language Development in English for Bilingual Learners3
Total Hours12

Note:
Coursework must be completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce with a 3.0 GPA on all courses used for graduate certificate.  (No Substitutions)

BLED 501 - GLB/Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
Hours: 3
A critical analysis of the rationale for bilingual, multicultural education focusing on history, philosophy, and theory. The study and analysis of educational programs designed for English Language Learners including the native language and the ESL (English as a Second Language) components as well as a critical review of research on the effective implementation of bilingual/ESL programs

BLED 502 - Social & Academic Language Development for Bilingual Learners
Hours: 3
Analysis and application of research-based approaches to the development of oral and written language in English Language Learners that result in biliteracy and high academic achievement. Preparation and adaptation of holistic, thematically based materials and activities and critical evaluation of existing materials in Spanish. Prerequisites: BLED 501 or concurrent enrollment or instructor approval and advanced Spanish proficiency.

BLED 503 - Bilingual Content Area Instruction
Hours: 3
Analysis and application of methods, materials, and assessment instruments used in the teaching of language arts, math, science and social studies to bilingual students. Creation, formal presentation, and evaluation of thematic units delivered primarily in Spanish and others using sheltered ESL techniques delivered primarily in English. Prerequisites: BLED 501 or concurrent enrollment or instructor approval and advanced Spanish proficiency. Corequisites: BLED 501 : GLB/Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education

BLED 504 - Technology Tools for Teaching English Language Learners
Hours: 3
Students will apply knowledge of current educational technology to the teaching of English Language Learners. They will incorporate videos, podcasts and other instructional technologies into websites in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways to meet the needs and address the strengths of ELLs. Prerequisites: None.

BLED 510 - Dual Language Assessment
Hours: 3
Selection, evaluation and design of means for assessing the oral and written language proficiency and academic achievement of bilingual and ESL students. Critical review of standardized tests as well as alternative and informal assessment techniques and instruments, consideration of relationships between first and second language proficiency and academic achievement and sociocultural dimensions of testing and assessment.

BLED 512 - Social and Academic Language Development in English for Bilingual Learners
Hours: 3
Analysis and application of current approaches to oral and written language development in English that result in higher academic achievement for K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs). Students will assess the oral languages and literacy skills of ELLs and design, evaluate, and modify/adapt commercial and research-based instructional materials to build on student strengths and meet identified needs. Prerequisite: BLED 501 or concurrent enrollment or instructor approval.

BLED 513 - Advanced Sheltered Content Area Instruction
Hours: 3
Analysis and application of second language acquisition research, theory, and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of math, science, social studies, and language arts in English to ESL students in K-12. Content-based ESL and sheltered instructional approaches, methods, and materials that meet state and local standards will be among those explored and experienced. Prerequisites: BLED 501 or concurrent enrollment or instructor approval.

BLED 529 - Workshop:Bil/ESL Educ
Hours: 3
Workshop in Bilingual/ESL Education Six semester hours may be applied to a graduate degree when topics vary. May be graded on a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Prerequisite: BLED 501 or consent of the instructor.

BLED 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 4
Independent Study

BLED 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 4
Special Topics

BLED 690 - Seminar in Bilingual/ESL Education
Hours: 3
Seminar in Bilingual/ESL (English as a Second Language) Education In depth analysis of major topics of critical concern to the profession. Nine semester hours may be applied to a doctoral degree when topics vary. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing or consent of the instructor.