The Education Specialist degree is a practitioner’s degree at the post-master’s level for those who seek advanced credentials but not a full doctoral degree with a dissertation requirement. The objective of the degree is to develop skills and competencies that will make the student a more effective leader in the field of Second Language Instruction. The Ed. S. in Second Language Instruction degree is designed for individuals with a master’s degree who will wish to advance their second language instruction knowledge and skills.
- Apply in-depth, research-supported knowledge of language development and acquisition, current technology, and cultural and linguistic diversity to design and implement curriculum and instruction for second language learners.
- Utilize researched-based academic theory, standards, and frameworks to guide the selection of content, delivery of evidence-based instruction, enhancement of critical thinking and inquiry, and the development of original research.
- Analyze assessment instruments, create materials, and evaluate data to enhance the academic and social development of second language learners.
- Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional resources, materials, and technology.
- Demonstrate and participate in multiple strategies to establish and maintain partnerships among school, family, and community, and advocate for the academic and social growth of English learners.
- Engage in ongoing learning and leadership communities to analyze data and instructional practices and conduct research to enhance understanding of new language learners and their academic and social needs across diverse settings.
- Participate in opportunities to grow as a professional and leader in the educational field.
The mission of the Ed. S. in Second Language Instruction is to provide students with an overview of research-based theories of language acquisition, assessment and instructional methods, strategies that promote cultural understanding, and current best practices to meet the needs of second language learners across diverse educational settings. In addition to the project-based coursework, students will pursue original contributions in a final capstone project.