Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-31
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: November 4, 2013
Date of Second Reading: December 2, 2013
Title of Motion: Request from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College– Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation - for the establishment of a graduate certificate – English as a Second Language
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College– Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation - for the establishment of a graduate certificate – English as a Second Language
Rationale: The proposed graduate certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL) prepares students to teach English language learners in a variety of settings, including U.S. schools. The program caters to professionals with a wide range of roles, including both new and experienced teachers, administrators, policymakers and community workers. Students will gain strategies for developing ESL skills across reading, writing, and listening, and for involving community and families as partners. The program teaches educators specific skills for assessing English learner proficiency and content area knowledge, knowledge of various program models, and a stronger foundation in supporting ESL students’ language acquisition. They will leave the program with a historical perspective of English learners in the U.S. and context of past and current policy towards ESL. The coursework in the proposed ESL graduate certificate leads to the ESL endorsement in the State of Arizona.