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Practicing PK–12 teachers who pursue this master's degree enhance their expertise in teaching English learners with equity and excellence.

This concentration is for teachers in any grade level and content area who wish to deepen their professional knowledge around integrating content and language/literacy instruction for English learners into their practice so as to create optimal learning experiences and outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. It prepares licensed teachers for the Virginia add-on endorsement in ESOL PK–12.

Coursework emphasizes the intersection of culture, language, and identity and its application to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse PK-12 learners. Each course requires fieldwork to provide opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned in coursework to teaching and learning with English learners. This degree will appeal to in-service, licensed PK-12 teachers as well as instructional assistants who want to develop deep expertise for working with English learners. It also provides preparation for licensed teachers to sit for the Praxis Subject Assessment in English to Speakers of Other Languages (required by the Virginia Department of Education to obtain an add-on ESL endorsement).