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

Online coursework is divided into modules that meet for six or 12 weeks, allowing 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

May 23-July 1, 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. We will explore the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on academic achievement 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.

Aug. 22-Sept. 30, 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 sociocultural and political factors that affect second-language acquisition. We then use the understanding of second-language acquisition to explore ways to support English learners as they not only learn a new language, but are also given access to the core curriculum.

Nov. 14-Dec. 23, 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 Washington State English Proficiency Standards. We’ll explore and practice strategies for scaffolding content reading tasks for English learners; we’ll also address the literacy needs of English learners in their core curriculum subjects and look at ways in which instructors of core subjects can increase content achievement while supporting literacy needs.

Jan. 9-March 31, 2017 (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 of these domains. Therefore, this course provides myriad practical classroom methods to achieve proficiency in all domains within core curriculum expectations. We will also address awareness of these domains in assessment practices.

April 3-May 12, 2017 (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. We will analyze classroom, district-wide, and state instruments for language proficiency, explore performance on language-proficiency instruments versus content-specific classroom performance, and address an overview of the language-learning-vs.-language-disability issue.

Feb. 2-May 19, 2017 (14 weeks)
EDU 564 -- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Field Experience
(3 semester credits)

CLD Field Experience provides an opportunity for students to implement the knowledge and strategies learned in ELL online courses. Implementation is designed to take place in the teacher's own classroom, if applicable. Participants will practice instructional methods from EDU 562 and assessment practices from EDU 565 in their content areas, with online-instructor coaching.

The WEST-E Exam

For a Washington state endorsement in English-language learning (ELL), students are required to pass the WEST-E exam in ELL and to complete all required coursework with a grade of C or above.

The Whitworth University institutional code is 253. Go online to www.west.nesinc.com to register and explore additional information about the exam. 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 by the Whitworth Educational Certification Office.