Why should I focus on teaching the linguistically diverse?
According to a 2012 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 10 percent of public school students in the United States are English Language Learners (ELLs). The need is magnified right here in Colorado – according to the Colorado Department of Education, the number of English Learners in Colorado’s public schools has grown by more than double the rate of growth in the total student population (38.1 percent vs. 15.1 percent). With less than five percent of Colorado’s teachers holding an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education, there may be no better opportunity to focus on teaching the linguistically diverse.
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
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
Are Regis University’s graduate education programs accredited?
Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
The Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program is endorsed and approved by the Colorado Department of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CDLE). The PLACE® test is not required for the CDLE endorsement.
What class formats are available?
Master of Arts in Education: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse classes are held on campus in Denver, Colorado and scheduled for working teachers – evenings, Saturdays and as summer intensives. They are also offered online in eight-week terms.
When do Master of Arts in Education classes start at Regis University?
Courses are offered in eight-week terms and 16-week semesters that begin in:
What are Regis students saying about the MAE: Teaching the Linguistically Diverse program?
“I thought learning how language is constantly changing made me see how dynamic and complex language really can be. I always have thought my student’s native language was rich and was equally as important as English, but this class gave me a greater perspective on how all language have a complex syntax system, and made me realize how much language my students have acquired before they even walk through the classroom door.” – MAE student at Regis.
Meet our education faculty
Karla Esser, Professor, Chair of the Master of Arts in Education
Kelli Woodrow, Professor Education
Cristin Lasser, Assistant Professor Education