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

May 19-June 27, 2014 (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.

Aug. 18-Nov. 7, 2014 (12 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.

Nov. 10-Dec. 19, 2014 (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.

Jan. 5-March 27, 2015 (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 a myriad of practical classroom methods to achieve proficiency in all domains within core curriculum expectations. Awareness of these domains in assessment practices is also addressed.

March 30-May 8, 2015 (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. Performance on language proficiency instruments versus content-specific, classroom performance is explored. Also, an overview of the Language-Learning-versus-Language-Disability issue is also addressed.

Jan. 5-May 8, 2015 (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 on-line courses. The implementation is designed to occur in the teacher's own classroom or administrators' school. Instructional methods from EDU 562 and assessment practices from EDU 565 are practiced in the participant content-area with on-line instructor coaching.

The WEST-E Exam

For a Washington State endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL), students are required to pass the WEST-E exam in ELL, in addition to successfully completing all required course work with a grade of C or above.

The Whitworth University institutional code is 253. Go online to www.west.nesinc.com to register and for additional information about the exam. States other than Washington have other exam requirements.

Before Whitworth can request 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 Certification Office.