English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Specialization

The English as a Second Language/Bilingual (ESOL) specialization program is for classroom teachers preparing to meet the needs of the increasing ELL population. Courses are designed to increase pedagogy, methodology, and cultural awareness related to instruction for ELL students in elementary or secondary school.

Students may declare ESOL/Bilingual as a specialization within their Master of Education program or complete the specialization courses as a license-only candidate to be recommended for an ESOL/Bilingual endorsement on their teaching license.

To meet the approved program for an ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement at George Fox University, the student must complete a minimum of 13 semester hours of graduate subject matter distributed to strengthen the applicant's background in ESOL/Bilingual education (OAR 584-065-0100) and complete a practicum at one or two levels (OAR 584-060-0071).

In addition to the course requirements, including a practicum, the candidate for the ESOL/Bilingual endorsement must also successfully complete the National Evaluation Test (NES) for ESOL/Bilingual Specialists in order to be recommended for licensure. The course work for this specialty has been designed to provide a broad base of understanding about successful ESOL/Bilingual methods, programs and assessments, as well as to prepare the individual to successfully complete the ESOL Specialist Exam.

Note: Students can add the bilingual category to the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement by showing competency in a second language approved by TSPC.  Successful completion of the NES test for the language chosen is required. 

Specialization courses are a blend of face-to-face classroom meetings, online classes, and hybrid (face-to-face/online) classes. Summer classes meet at our Newberg, Ore., campus (affordable housing is available for long-distance students); spring and fall classes are taught online with a few evening/weekend classes.

MEd with ESOL/Bilingual Specialization Requirements

Foundations Core (7 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The foundations courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide both breadth and depth of critical thinking skills, leading to transformation of a candidate’s professional practice. These courses are uniquely designed to build upon the School of Education conceptual framework: think critically, transform practice, and promote justice.

Research Core (8 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The research courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide each candidate with the knowledge and skills to effectively use educational research and data leading to improvement in their practice.  For the final capstone of the research courses, each candidate designs a research project unique to their own professional situation, examining a specific educational problem or issue in either their classroom or school.

ESOL Specialization (15 hours)

EDFL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus (3 hrs)
EDFL 571 Second Language Acquisition and Development (2 hrs)
EDFL 572 Intercultural Communication in the ESOL/Bilingual Context (2 hrs)
EDFL 573 Planning and Managing ESOL/Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction (3 hrs)
EDFL 574 Assessing ESOL/Bilingual Student Learning and Language Proficiency (3 hrs)

Practicum - Prerequisites: successful completion of all required ESOL/bilingual courses (or their equivalent) and approval of the faculty advisor.

EDFL 578 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Early Childhood/Elementary (2 hrs)
EDFL 579 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Middle/High School (2 hrs)

Select 3 hours from the following restricted electives that support the ESOL specialization:
EDFL 500 Foundations of Teaching and Learning** (3 hrs)
EDFL 501 Curriculum Development** (2 hrs)
EDFL 503 Classroom Assessment (3 hrs)
EDFL 506 Research in Effective Teaching** (3 hrs)
EDFL 515 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction (1-3 hrs)
EDFL 533 Advanced Studies in Children's and Adolescent Literature (2 hrs)
EDFL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus (3 hrs)
EDFL 624 Developing Curriculum with New Technologies** (2 hrs)
EDFL 638 Testing and Measurement (2 hrs)
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning for Education Systems** (2 hrs)
** Research, unit and major project should have a reading/writing-literacy focus, if possible.

Electives (3 hours)

For complete course listings and information, please see the GFU Graduate Catalog.

Christine AustinProgram Contact:

Christine Austin
Coordinator, ESOL Program

Telephone: 503-508-6487
E-mail: caustin@georgefox.edu

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Admission Information:
Kipp Wilfong
Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027
E-mail: kwilfong@georgefox.edu

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