Course Descriptions


EDU 502 Adult TESOL Methodologies and Materials (3 credits)
This course reviews successful Adult ESL teaching methods. Students will prepare a portfolio of lessons and perform observations and practice teaching based on their portfolios. Students will learn how to teach grammar, reading, vocabulary, listening skills, business and academic writing and pronunciation.

EDU 503 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
An inquiry into the processes by which second language is acquired: from infancy as the child of bilingual parents, or later through formal instruction, immersion in a new culture, or in particular work or social situations. As part of this class, students complete practicum hours in which they observe and assist with the teaching of adult ESL students.

EDU 504 Adult TESOL Curriculum Design (3 credits)
This course enables students to design effective curriculum for diverse Adult ESL learners.  The course integrates knowledge from many areas in the field of Applied Linguistics such as language acquisition research, teaching methods, assessment, language description and materials production. It combines sound research and theory with practice. The course includes case studies and opportunity for the student to develop and apply an integrated curriculum framework.

EDU 505 TESOL Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits)
Candidates learn how to evaluate students’ levels and needs, including methods of assessing the needs of organizations and businesses proposing to offer ESL classes for members or employees.  Teachers will learn how to evaluate adult ESL students’ progress using a variety of evaluation methods including formative, summative and portfolio assessments. Candidates will learn to evaluate ESL programs as a whole.

Other Required Courses

ED 569 Education of Special Needs Students (3 credits)
Focuses on the identification of exceptional students as well as methods of meeting their educational needs in regular and special classroom settings. Issues surrounding inclusion are considered, as well as inclusive practices, models and strategies. Exceptionalities studied include all areas defined by Public Law 94-142 and Public Law 101-476. The student will learn how to recognize learning disabilities and distinguish learning disabilities from adult ESL learning issues.

ED 523 Multicultural Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to foster understanding of ethnicities through literature and storytelling. Candidates attain problem-solving and listening skills necessary for attitudinal changes for appreciation of diversity. Group process activities are presented to help students understand biases and stereotypical assumptions, and how these affect decisions in the classroom. Portions of this course are experiential. There is a 10-hour field experience requirement in which candidates interact with persons of different cultural, linguistic, religious, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.

ED 578 Introduction to Computers in Education (3 credits)
This graduate course emphasizes the integration of technological resources into primary and secondary classroom settings for the purpose of fostering student learning, creativity, and innovation. Legal issues along with the methods for using technology to collect and analyze student data are introduced. A 3 hour field experience in a diverse P-12 educational setting is required.  A PC with Microsoft Office® and Internet access is recommended.  (Blended or Online Learning).

Culminating Requirement:

EDU 507 Advanced TESOL Clinical Experience (3 credits)
Students implement what they have learned during ten hours of team student teaching at the English Language Institute at Sacred Heart University or at another approved Adult TESOL program.  Throughout the term, students attend four whole-class meetings with the instructor.  In addition, the instructor provides each student with written feedback based on observations of student teaching.