Teach multilingual learners.
In this program, you'll learn the most effective ways to teach multilingual PreK-12 students who are new to the culture, language, and content of schools in the United States. You'll develop an appreciation of the unique identities of all children. You'll also discover research-based best practices for helping emergent bilinguals—English language learners—take part in a literacy-rich classroom through listening and speaking, reading and writing, and the arts.
You'll learn to teach effectively through coursework on culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and biliteracy, and scaffolding content and language demands of academic tasks and texts.
With faculty, you'll explore and co-create arts-integrated lessons that lead to increased student achievement, and understand the important differences between language differences and learning disabilities. Learn how to work effectively in culturally and linguistically diverse environments in collaboration with multilingual families and school communities to enact a commitment to social justice.
Then, you'll put theory to practice in an immersive student teaching experience in a bilingual or multilingual classroom, and graduate with a master's degree and a Massachusetts Initial license in English as a Second Language at either the PreK-6 or 5-12 grade level.