Teaching English Learners Pathway to Licensure

Butler’s Teaching English Learners (TEL) Pathway to licensure is a 15 credit hour graduate level plan of study that prepares educators to effectively instruct, support, and advocate for English Learners/Emergent Bilingual students. The program is designed for licensed Indiana educators who wish to add the TEL license to the existing Indiana license. Completers of the pathway will be prepared for add-on TEL licensure at the developmental level indicated on the initial license.

Program Information

The fully online pathway includes 15 credit hours (5 courses) taught by faculty with experience and expertise teaching K-12 English Learners/Emergent Bilingual students. Courses include independent work, experiential in-school learning, and a mix of synchronous and asynchronous class meetings. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Plan of Study

This course focuses on the cultural practices and norms that affect the language development and academic success of multilingual learners who are learning English as a new language. The conditions that inhibit and support learning both English and content will be analyzed.

This course will assist in understanding effective content-based teaching in a pluralistic, multilingual society. An understanding of socio-linguists and second language acquisition will frame an analysis of curriculum, materials, instructional strategies, assessments and classroom management. Students are required to complete a field experience in a setting with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

This course focuses on effective teaching of reading in elementary and secondary settings. The course involves supervised field work.

This course will explore the socio-psycholinguistic factors that influence how multilingual learners acquire English as a new language in terms of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will learn how to assess second language acquisition and literacy development.

This course examines formal and informal assessment and their application to writing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), curriculum modifications and adaptations (academic and social), behavior management plans and reports to families. Assessment bias and its implications will be studied. Offered in Summer Session Two.

Student Support

The TEACH Butler program, which offers professional development through the College of Education, includes workshops, online learning, conferences, guest speakers and more. Butler has a close relationship with the Partnership for Inquiry Learning which provides ongoing and in-depth professional development to teachers in grades Pre-K through 8, with emphasis on inquiry-based, student-centered workshop teaching in reading, writing, math, and early childhood education. Butler COE hosts an Educational Neuroscience Symposium each year that is well-attended by our alumni and local educators. Through their participation in the TEL Pathway to Licensure, completers will be added to the email distribution and invited to professional development opportunities. This ongoing support can help educators get up-to-date information for their growth as educators, earn PGP points and renew a license, and/or work toward a certificate or graduate degree.

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