Whitworth University Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Studies

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  • For educators and others working with culturally diverse populations
  • Enroll at any time
  • Courses online or on campus
  • 16-credits, with optional ELL endorsement
  • Credits can apply toward M.Ed. degree
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Courses & Study

The online course work is divided into modules, meeting six or 12 weeks, which allows you to incorporate the strategies you are learning into your classroom or organizational setting. The 16-semester credit program includes the following courses:

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Courses - Online

January 4-March 25, 2016 (12 weeks)
EDU 562 -- ELL Methodology
(3 semester credits)

Language learners must progress in four domains of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Some researchers include the skill of viewing as well. True academic achievement requires content experience involving all these domains. Therefore, this course provides myriad practical classroom methods to help you achieve proficiency in all domains within core curriculum expectations. Awareness of these domains in assessment practices is also addressed.

March 28-May 6, 2016 (six weeks)
EDU 565 -- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Methods of Assessment and Evaluation
(3 semester credits)

Topics include issues, principles, instruments and methods of assessment related to the education of linguistic and culturally diverse learners. Classroom, district-wide, and state instruments for language proficiency are analyzed. We will explore performance on language-proficiency instruments versus content-specific classroom performance and will also address an overview of the language-learning-vs.-language-disability issue.

January 4-May 6, 2016 (18 weeks)
EDU 564 -- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Field Experience
(3 semester credits)

The CLD Field Experience provides an opportunity to implement the knowledge and strategies being learned in the ELL online courses. The implementation is designed to take place in the teacher's own classroom, if applicable . Instructional methods from EDU 562 and assessment practices from EDU 565 are practiced in the participant content area with the online instructor coaching.

May 16-June 24, 2016 (six weeks)
EDU 567 -- Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education
(1 semester credit)

Course content includes the examination of both personal and institutional cultural proficiency in education. The impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on academic achievement is explored along with the crucial skills for effective intercultural communication. Also included is the examination of one's own cultural values, attitudes and beliefs as they influence instruction and assessment practices used with P-12 students in the content areas.

August 15-September 23, 2016 (six weeks)
EDU 561 -- Second-Language Acquisition
(3 semester credits)

Course topics include theories of how students acquire a first and second language plus the socio-cultural and political factors that affect second language acquisitions. The understanding of Second-Language Acquisition is then used to explore ways to skillfully support English Learners as they not only learn a new language, but are also given access to the core curriculum.

November 7-December 18, 2016 (six weeks)
EDU 563 -- ELL Methods in Language Arts and Reading
(3 semester credits)

Content centers around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) intertwined with the WA state English Proficiency Standards. Strategies for scaffolding content reading tasks for English Learners are explored and practiced. The course also addresses the literacy needs of English Learners in their core curriculum subjects with ways that instructors of core subjects can increase content achievement while supporting literacy needs.

The WEST-E Exam

For a Washington state endorsement in English-language learners, students are required to pass the WEST-E exam in ELL, in addition to successfully completing all required coursework with a grade of C or above.

Go online to www.west.nesinc.com to register and for additional information about the exam. The Whitworth University institutional code is 253. States other than Washington have other exam requirements. Before Whitworth can process your endorsed certificate from OSPI, all endorsement requirements must be completed and the passing results of the WEST-E exam must be received in the Whitworth Educational Certification Office.