The ESL curriculum's experiential learning model allows teachers to utilize the strategies immediately and practice them throughout the course. Teachers will watch video clips of other K-12 teachers demonstrating the strategies so they can be easily replicated.
The ESL courses use curricula aligned to the following national standards and benchmarks:
- Common Core State Standards
- TESOL/NCATE Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs
- Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- Response to Intervention
- Multi-Tier System of Supports
K-State is the first to incorporate Biography-Driven Teaching Strategies. The ESL curriculum teaches the biography of the individual, taking into account the student's academic background and what does or doesn't engage the student in learning another language.
This program has been licensed and replicated by institutions across the nation, and our content has been field tested in more than six states, 50 districts and 250 schools.
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
- EDCI 720 – ESL/Dual Language Methods (3 credits)
- EDCI 731 – ESL/Dual Language Linguistics (3 credits)
- EDCI 740 – Culture and Language in Classroom Practice (3 credits)
- EDCI 742 – ESL/Dual Language Assessment (3 credits)
- EDCI 745 – ESL/Dual Language Elementary Practicum (3 credits)
- EDCI 746 – ESL/Dual Language Secondary Practicum (3 credits)
All areas of specialization areas within the curriculum and instruction master’s degree require three hours in each of the following core areas: curriculum, teaching and learning, diversity, educational technology, and research/scholarship. In addition, at least 15 hours in an area of specialization are required. All students are required to complete the Master’s Project (1 credit).