The goal of this course is to take a comprehensive look at research, policy, and evidence grounded effective practices in U.S. schools for students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The federal government continues to predict that students with close connections to their bilingual/bicultural origins will be very large in number in the near future and will become the majority in many states over the next two decades. We, as educators, need to provide appropriate, meaningful, and effective instruction for these students who have historically been underserved.
This course will serve a variety of purposes. The modules will integrate theories of bilingualism, second language acquisition, cultural transmission, content integration, assessment of language minority students, bilingual special education, policy and practice, and community relations. Bilingualism and the accompanying intercultural awareness is a source of great human richness and enlightenment among nations operating in the international arena (Cummins, 2005). All the students we serve are learning formally and informally how to deal with the multiple worlds they live in; it is through the quality of education that we provide that will represent the bridge to success for students and enable them to benefit fully from the multiple languages and cultures they are experiencing.
Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes, and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Policy and Programs
Module 3: Teaching
Module 4: Technology
Module 5: Language
Module 6: Culture
Module 7: Mathematics and Science
Module 8: Social Studies
Module 9: Assessment
Module 10: Bilingual Special Education
Module 11: School and Community
Module 12: Final Project
Online Courses are 13 weeks in length.
Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.
Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.
Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.
Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes.