Course Descriptions:

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (PK-12)
EDUC 414 | ESL Practicum (1 credit hour)
The course consists of a 45 contact hour practicum that will reflect upon cultural practices, nurture and mentor cultural diversity. It will identify and reflect upon ways to support and accommodate all learners, practice the methods and procedures that are being or have been presented in the methods course(s) that connect to this practicum, assess his/her strengths and weaknesses in the birth through Grade 12 setting and formulate ways to re-mediate potential problems, reflect on the practicum experience in a written reflective journal, observe, plan, and implement developmentally and individually appropriate instructional practices under the supervision of a cooperating teacher in a birth through grade 12 setting, demonstrate collaboration skills necessary to be an effective member of a team, adhere to state and federal legislation along with professional and ethical code.
The alternative graduate-level course (EDUC 514) is intended to be taken for those already holding a teaching license.
Components: Practicum
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: EDUC 318 Corequisite: EDUC 324

EDUC 416 | Teaching Grammar to Non-native Speakers (3 credit hours)
Teaching Grammar to Non-Native Speakers explores English grammar and the key difficulty areas for non-native speakers. This course focuses on the rules of the English language, error correction, and teaching techniques for K-12 students. It examines ways to prepare our English Language Learners to be academically successful in reading, writing, listening, and speaking with practical and theoretical knowledge about English and teaching.
The alternative graduate-level course (EDUC 516) is intended to be taken for those already holding a teaching license.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 417 | Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
The course consists of a 45 contact hour practicum that will reflect upon cultural practices, nurture and mentor cultural diversity. It will identify and reflect upon ways to support and accommodate all learners, practice the methods and procedures that are being or have been presented in the methods course(s) that connect to this practicum, assess his/her strengths and weaknesses in the birth through Grade 12 setting and formulate ways to re-mediate potential problems, reflect on the practicum experience in a written reflective journal, observe, plan, and implement developmentally and individually appropriate instructional practices under the supervision of a cooperating teacher in a birth through grade 12 setting, demonstrate collaboration skills necessary to be an effective member of a team, adhere to state and federal legislation along with professional and ethical code.
The alternative graduate-level course (EDUC 517) is intended to be taken for those already holding a teaching license.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 418 | Assessment & Evaluation of English Language Learners (2 credit hours)
This course emphasizes the awareness of the role of the teacher in assessment and evaluation of English Language Learners (ELL) and his/her impact on an ELL’s learning via procedures and practices that utilize assessment results to inform instruction. A major focus of the course will be on intimately linking classroom instruction with the basic principles for developing, using, selecting, and adapting assessment instruments and strategies to assess the content knowledge of English Language Learners. Key pre-service assessment knowledge and skills, as delineated by the Nebraska Department of Education, will also provide direction in terms of preparation of pre-service teacher candidates for both the Nebraska State Assessment System, as well as any additional federal government expectations concerning assessment and evaluation of English Language Learners.
The alternative graduate-level course (EDUC 518) is intended to be taken for those already holding a teaching license.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317

EDUC 423 | Methods & Curriculum Design in the English as a Second Language Classroom (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to identify and explain linguistic, psycholinguistic and pedagogical theories about the teaching of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English as a second language (ESL). The course will focus on cultivating an awareness of English-language learners’ cognitive, affective, and linguistic needs when selecting ESL methods and strategies for teaching. Application of the knowledge of language acquisition and language skill development to provide instruction that promotes acquisition of communicative language skills and literacy will be developed and practiced. Students will develop lesson plans that demonstrate appropriate use of language proficiency standards (ELPS), ESL pedagogy, and materials.
The alternative graduate-level course (EDUC 523) is intended to be taken for those already holding a teaching license.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Corequisite: EDUC 314

EDUC 438 | Professional Collaboration with Parents & Families (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to explore and develop skills needed for effective collaborative programs and practices to address diversity and social issues of special and at-risk populations. Course activities will build students’ skills in developing, implementing, and evaluating collaborative programs across educational, family, and community contexts. Emphasis will be placed upon learning theories and techniques of establishing effective communication, conferencing skills, and collaborating with parents to foster a supportive educational environment for all students. Students will explore the changing nature and definition of the American family, and how culture influences the relationships of teachers, students, and parents, which can impact the overall educational experience for students.
The alternative graduate-level course (EDUC 538) is intended to be taken for those already holding a teaching license.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education