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This Master of Education (M.Ed.) program combines a firm foundation in elementary education (1-6) with coursework in English as a Second Language (PreK-6). Elementary coursework covers literacy, teaching mathematics, science, and social studies, inclusive classrooms, and issues in American schooling. ESL courses feature pedagogy, assessment, literacy, oral development, and linguistics.The program features two licensing options: The dual licensure option leads to Initial licenses in Elementary and ESL. In this case, Lesley endorses both licenses. Two practicum experiences are required. The single licensure option leads to an Initial license in Elementary, which Lesley endorses, and the student applies to the state for the ESL license. In this option, the student will be prepared to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure in ESL. One practicum experience is required.
EECLD 6001 Culturally Responsive Teaching This course sets the foundation for creating meaningful and relevant teaching and learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Legal issues and a historical perspective are used to examine the student's civil rights and the ways that prejudice, culture, language diversity, and socioeconomic factors influence the student's academic success or lack of it within the current system and under the current policies. The cultures of the student's state are studied and used in planning and cultivating culturally responsive learning/instruction and positive cultural identity in the family and community relations. Intercultural communication at the local, national, and international level is addressed. Participants engage in self-study, write their own cultural and linguistic autobiography, identify and utilize cultural resources in the community, and plan to actively involve linguistically diverse families in the school environment.
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