Before applying you should ask yourself the following questions:
Why should I focus on teaching the linguistically diverse?
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 9.2% of public school students in the United States were English Language Learners (ELLs) in the 2012-13 school year. As that percentage grows, you’ll have increased interactivity with bilingual students over the lifetime of your career. This degree provides a better understanding of the diversity you’ll encounter and will help facilitate the learning cycle for you and your students.
Is an emphasis on teaching the linguistically diverse for me?
Regis University’s Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse degree is designed for educators looking to:
- Take on leadership roles
- Complement their current teaching licenses
- Upgrade their skills and credentials
- Meet the needs of all students in their classrooms
- Teach abroad
English language learners need your help to meet two simultaneous challenges: learning a new language while trying to master academic subjects. The achievement gaps between ELLs and non-ELL students are deeply rooted. By pursuing research-based teaching strategies, you can help these students reach their potential.
What will I learn in Regis’ MAE: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program?
Aligned with the Colorado Teacher Performance Standards, the program covers topics including:
- Strategies for collaboration with diverse students and their families
- Instruction in research-based methods
- Examination of effective content-based strategies
- Adapting curriculum materials and differentiation techniques
- Formative and summative assessments
The design of the Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program follows the Jesuit mission of a values-centered education that shapes intelligent decision-making. For degree candidates, that means:
- Research-based, active and reflective learning
- A focus on social justice
- High-quality instruction by practicing educators
This course of study is an approved Colorado Department of Education program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CDLE) endorsement. Once the required coursework is completed, you may take the PLACE® test and apply to the Colorado Department of Education for the endorsement.
What class formats are available?
Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse classes are held on campus and scheduled for working teachers – evenings and online.
Meet our education faculty
Joan Armon, Associate Professor, Education
Heidi Barker, Associate Professor, Education
John Cross, Professor, Education
Elizabeth Grassi, Associate Professor, Education
Nan Williams, Assistant Professor, Education