New graduate program to help teachers work with English learners
As the U.S. population continues to become diverse, the need for educators who are trained to work with English language learners will only increase. Teachers who wish to gain the knowledge and skills to help these students in school can enhance their skill set at the graduate level by enrolling in a Christian university.
Illinois’ North Park University recently announced that it will launch a master’s degree in literacy, language and culture in the fall of 2012, according to the school’s website. The program, which will be offered through the Christian university’s School of Education, can be completed in two years.
“This degree, providing advanced certification, meets the need of classroom teachers who need to know how to teach the students who are now in their classrooms versus 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago,” said Rebecca Nelson, the School of Education’s dean, as quoted by the website.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of individuals between the ages of 5 and 17 who spoke a language other than English at home jumped from 4.7 million in 1980 to 11.2 million in 2009. This data highlights how important it is for teachers to consider advancing their skill set in this area of instruction.