English Language Development for Academic Literacy Certificate
This certificate program provides K-12 teachers and other education professionals with specialized preparation for developing academic literacy assessment, curriculum, and teaching methods specifically designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs).
The Academic Literacy Certificate provides further development in theory and methods for evaluation, development, and implementation of (a) appropriate language assessment, (b) effective instruction to ELLs specific to developing academic literacy in English, and (c) culturally responsive curriculum and teaching strategies.
The program is designed for professionals working in programs or classrooms with diverse language learners. Successful applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and hold a current teaching or administrative credential. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in certificate coursework with no less than a grade of C in any course. Required courses (12 units) include:
Note: descriptions below have been updated for 2013. These updates are not yet reflected in the course catalog.
English Language Development for Academic Literacy Certificate Course Sequence & Descriptions (12 Units)
- PLC 600B Foundations of Critical (Bi)literacy Development
This course will focus on the principles of critical literacy and democratic schooling for schools with high numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants will examine bilingual, dual language and English-only program models for language learners and apply policies and practices informed by current research, state and national standards (e.g. Common Core) to literacy curriculum and pedagogy. The outcome of this course will be for teachers to develop ideological clarity on what it means to be an effective teacher to develop a plan of enacting principles of democratic practices and critical pedagogy in their classrooms.
- PLC 650 Curriculum Development for Urban School Communities
This course will involve participants in examining curriculum models used in English only, dual language and bilingual programs, as informed by current research, state and national standards (e.g. Common Core). It will take an action research approach to examine program models, processes and products.
- PLC 553 Language Assessment & Development
This course will consider the processes of teaching literacy for Common Core across content areas and subject matter in grades k-12, informed by current research, state and national standards (e.g. Common Core). The processes of language and literacy assessment will be analyzed, as well as the examination of transfer skills from L1 to L2. Participants will complete case studies of students to determine appropriate language for literacy instruction and determine the best approach for English and non-English speaking students in the classroom. Issues of oral and written language will be considered as well as teacher assessments and more formal district and state mandated assessment measures.
- PLC 603 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity of School and Community
This course focuses upon learning and teaching in ways that capitalize on that diversity in order to develop content proficiency and academic literacy, particularly in the Common Core Era. Models for and effects of home, school and community collaboration on achievement will be explored. Responsibilities of parent/caretaker, school and community stakeholders for student success will be addressed. Coursework includes the development of action project with needs assessment, as well as home/community and school collaboration.
All courses completed with a grade of B or better are applicable to the Master of Arts degree in Education with Concentration in Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education with a Specialization in Academic Literacy Development.