M.A. English Language Learning Areas of Study

WGU Master of Arts in English Language Learning

The Master of Arts in English Language Learning (PreK-12) is a competency-based degree program that prepares already licensed teachers both to be licensed to teach in English Language Learning (ELL) settings and to develop significant skills in ELL curriculum development, design, and evaluation. All work in this degree program is online and includes ELL Content and Methodology, Research Fundamentals, and Instructional Design. All students complete a capstone project.

English Language Learning

Focuses on the nature and role of culture and the importance of cultural groups and cultural identity.

Language Production, Theory and Acquisition
Language Production, Theory and Acquisition focuses on describing and understanding language and the development of language. It includes the study of acquisition theory, grammar, and applied phonetics.

Theories of Second Language Acquisition and Grammar
Theories of Second Language Learning Acquisition and Grammar covers content material in applied linguistics, including morphology, syntax, semantics, and grammar. Students will explore the role of dialect in the classroom, the connections between language and culture, and the theories of first and second language acquisition.

Planning, Managing, and Implementing Instruction
Planning, Implementing, Managing Instruction focuses on a variety of philosophies and grade levels of English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. It includes the study of ELL listening and speaking, ELL reading and writing, specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE), and specific issues for various grade level instruction.

Assessment Theory and Practice
Assessment Theory and Practice focuses on issues central to assessment in the ELL environment, including high-stakes testing, standardized tests, placement and exit assessment, formative and summative assessments, and making adaptations in assessments to meet the needs of ELL students.

Professional Role of the ELL Teacher
The Professional Role of the ELL Teacher focuses on issues of professionalism for the English Language Learning teacher and leader. This includes program development, ethics, engagement in professional organizations, serving as a resource, and ELL advocacy.

Subject Specific Pedagogy: ELL
Subject Specific Pedagogy: ELL integrates aspects of pedagogy, assessment, and professionalism in English Language Learning (ELL). A student develops and assesses aspects of language curriculum development including second language instruction, methods of second language assessment, and legal policy issues.

Field Experience for ELL
Field Experience for ELL is the field experience component of the English Language Learning program. In this experience, students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of observations at both elementary and secondary levels. Additionally, a supervised teaching experience that is face-to-face with English language learners according to the minimum time requirements of your state is required. The purpose of this course is to assess the ability of the student including their engagement in field experience activities, ability to reflect on and then plan standards-based instruction in ELL, and their ability to locate and effectively use resources for teaching ELL to meet the needs of their individual students.

Research Fundamentals

Research Foundations
The Research Foundations course focuses on the essential concepts in educational research, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed, and action research; measurement and assessment; and strategies for obtaining warranted research results.

Research Questions and Literature Review
The Research Questions and Literature Reviews course focuses on how to conduct a thorough literature review that addresses and identifies important educational research topics, problems, and questions, and helps determine the appropriate kind of research and data needed to answer one's research questions and hypotheses.

Teacher Work Sample

Teacher Work Sample in English Language Learning
The Teacher Work Sample is a culmination of the wide variety of skills learned during your time in the Teachers College at WGU. In order to be a competent and independent classroom teacher, you will showcase a collection of your content, planning, instructional, and reflective skills in this professional assessment.

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