Jun 18, 2024  

Teacher Leadership, BLE or ESL, M.Ed.

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There are two tracks for the Bilingual Education (BLE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsements: One for School Administrators and one for Certified Teachers. Coursework and assignments for teachers pursuing the BLE or ESL Endorsement are the same. There are separate WEST-E exams, one for ELL (051) and one for Bilingual Education (050). The endorsement is determined by passing the WEST-E and with an additional exam (ACTFL) of Non-English Language Proficiency for those pursuing a  Bilingual Endorsement.

Teacher Leadership Core

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership has three teacher leadership courses which set the foundation for the degree. Content covered in the foundational courses include defining teacher leadership, distinction between teacher leadership and school administration, teacher leader as a resource to students and colleagues, legal and ethical expectations/responsibilities of teachers in leadership positions such as program resource, learning coach, content area specialist. Teacher Leadership standards are discussed throughout the degree.

Action Research

The mark of a graduate program is the intentional focus on learning about, developing the ability to understand, interpret and conduct research for the betterment of the profession. In our program, graduates should aspire to delve deeper into the teaching and learning process in their interested area of specialization. The research sequence in the Master of Education programs is designed to gradually lead students to ponder about issues area areas of need that need to be looked at through the lens of research. The sequence consists of four courses which scaffold upon each other allowing students to assimilate course content and apply the concepts to design an original research project reflective of their teaching assignment.

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