Master of Arts Language Teaching and Learning
Dr. Jo Birdsell
The Master of Arts degree in Language Teaching and Learning is designed for practicing and potential educators interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills, abilities and authorization to deliver instruction in classrooms of English Language Learners. Candidates will develop a strong foundation in additional language acquisition, linguistics and language development, teaching methods and materials, standards based-assessment and culturally inclusive and responsive instruction. The program includes Specializations for candidates interested in teaching in bilingual classrooms where the students language of origin is predominately Spanish. An additional Specialization in Teaching and Learning in a Global Society is designed to provide non Spanish speaking candidates with knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively teach diverse students in our society.
This program is designed for candidates who hold a California (CA) multiple Subject or single subject teaching credential. Candidates seeking the specialization in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language or the specialization in Spanish Language Instruction must be proficient in Spanish upon admission to the program and obtain a passing score on a grammar, reading, and composition examination through the National University Testing Center and an oral interview conducted by the program lead faculty.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of educational philosophy, perspectives and practices related to language teaching and learning.
- Differentiate between factors of first and second language acquisition to analyze teaching and learning strategies.
- Demonstrate effective strategies, resources, and technologies for teaching English Language Learners (EL).
- Implement effective standards-based assessments of learning outcomes for EL learners.
- Analyze and apply culturally responsive and inclusive teaching strategies, including multicultural and multilingual approaches.
- Construct an Applied Research Project that reports findings from applied research and a presentation that describes the research findings.
(10 courses; 45 quarter units)
To receive a Master of Arts in Language Teaching and Learning, students must complete 45 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.
Core Requirements (6 courses; 27 quarter units)
Candidates must choose one of the following Specializations: