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TESOL Cross-endorsement

The following 30 credits of coursework enable Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary content-area teachers to apply for TESOL Cross-endorsement with the Connecticut State Department of Education. 

Currently certified teachers in Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Content-Areas can complete the following 30 credits of coursework, and Praxis II (Test #5362), to seek cross-endorsement in TESOL (PreK-12 #111).

For additional information, please contact Dr. Mark Fabrizi at fabrizim@easternct.edu.

Apply to Eastern's Graduate Division

TESOL Courses (15 Graduate credits)

  • Linguistic and Academic Assessment of Second Language Learners

    This course explores the linguistic and academic assessment of English Learners (ELs) and related issues at grade levels Pre-K-12. Candidates will review and learn how to use assessment tools to place ESL learners appropriately, monitor progress and reclassify students according to state standards. They will learn to interpret assessment results and plan instruction that helps students achieve high standards across all stages of English proficiency. Candidates will examine state and federal assessment requirements for ELs and examine the usefulness and limitations of standardized tests. Candidates will investigate the issue of over-identification of ELs in special education and review appropriate accommodations for ELLs. In addition, candidates will consider the assessment of L1 and L2 for native and non-native English speakers, they will reflect on the impact of language proficiency and culture on learning and assessment. They will understand the role of informal assessment and portfolio approaches to assessment.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Graduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

    Education Department
  • First and Second Language Acquisition

    This course examines first and second language acquisition theory and processes, factors that influence variation in learning in Spanish and English, and how theory and research inform pedagogical practices in bilingual/dual language contexts.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Graduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

    Education Department
  • This course introduces students to the foundational principles, theory, and practices in intergroup communication through an interactionist perspective with a focus on home-school connections. “Cultural competency” is one of public education's primary tools for closing the achievement gap in today’s public schools. This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to intercultural communicative competency in the classroom and the community. Candidates will develop a portfolio to demonstrate competency in attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for cultural competency, and reflect forward on projected skill and competency development.
  • This course introduces students to instructional methods and practices for teaching ESL and dual language in PreK-12 settings with a focus on academic language development, increasing background knowledge, developing language, content, cultural objectives, vocabulary development, increasing oral language production, selecting culturally responsive materials, integrating language and content instruction, and differentiating according to students’ language proficiency levels in Spanish and English.
  • Strategies for Content Instruction to English Learners
    Prerequisites: None

    This course is designed to support advanced candidates with skill development through an applied field experience with English Learners (ELs) framed by practical online components. The course will examine classroom teacher's role in the development of English Learners from across affective and cognitive domains. Strategies for scaffolding second language acquisition and research-based practices will be investigated with special emphasis on Sheltered Instruction at the candidate's program level (e.g. elementary, secondary content areas.) Curriculum considerations will be explored in the context of content area instruction.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Graduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

    Education Department

English Syntax and Composition Courses (15 Undergraduate credits)

  • Linguistic Analysis
    Prerequisite: 60 credits minimum

    Linguistics is the study of the human language faculty. It requires the investigation of a highly structured system of knowledge within the mind of the speaker (a mental grammar), which is examined empirically and modeled formally. This class will focus heavily on the hands-on analysis of language data. Students will gain linguistic problem-solving skills and the foundations necessary for pursuing grammatical description. Students learn IPA transcription symbols and practice analyzing phonological data based on the languages of the world. Students will gain practical experience in solving problems in morphology and syntax, using data drawn from a wide variety of languages. Students taking this course for the Liberal Studies Major are strongly encouraged to take it concurrently with Core 1 or Core 2 of the Education program.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture

    English Department

  • History And Development Of The English Language
    Prerequisite: ENG 100 and a 100 or 200-level literature course

    Note: Meets the state requirements for secondary school teachers of English. See also ENG 341.

    Historical and linguistic background helpful for an understanding of the English language today. An examination of readings and linguistic problems which illustrate the development of the language from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture

    English Department

  • Modern American Grammar
    Prerequisite: ENG 100 and a 100 or 200-level literature course

    Note: Meets the state requirement for secondary school teachers of English. See also ENG 340.

    A study of words, sounds, structures. Traditional and linguistic approaches to grammar and stylistics.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture

    English Department
  • Composition Theory And Pedagogy
    Prerequisite: ENG 200 or 204 or 220

    Participants in the course will explore recent developments in the field of composition. Issues such as writing process writing-to-learn, voice, audience, rhetorical strategies, and error will be addressed. Issues such as writing process, writing-to-learn, voice, audience, rhetorical strategies, and error will be addressed.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture

    English Department

  • Language Acquisition In Young Children
    Prerequisite: ENG 100 and a 100 or 200-level literature course

    Study of the development of first and second language (L1 and L2) in young children (birth through puberty). Includes infants' ability at birth, pre-linguistic development, the first words, and phonological, syntactic, and semantic development. Study of the major issues in L1 and L2 acquisition theory, such as critical period hypothesis. Comparison of various theoretical models of acquisition theory, such as the critical period hypothesis. Comparison of various theoretical models of acquisition for L1 and L2. Consideration of social and cultural factors affecting language acquisitions.

    3.000 Credit hours
    3.000 Lecture hours

    Levels: Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

    English Department

Faculty

  • Dr. Fabrizi is the Associate Chair of the Education Department and serves as Faculty Advisor for students pursuing the Dual Language Learners Cross-Endorsement.

For more information, email fabrizim@easternct.edu or call (860) 645-0667