Understanding second language acquisition, socio-cultural variables that impact student learning and factors that shape immigrants’ learning experiences aids educators in creating effective school programs.
The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with a concentration in equity and cultural diversity provides current educators or other professionals programming in educational theory and practice that emphasize diversity. Core courses examine educational research, learning theory, curriculum development and contemporary issues in education, enabling participants to critically analyze policies, practices and procedures in American K-12 schools with an understanding of the cultural, social and political context of these institutions.
The cultural diversity core courses emphasize language diversity and explore the intersection of language and culture in theory and practice. Understanding second language acquisition, socio-cultural variables that impact student learning and factors that shape immigrants' learning experiences will aid participants in creating effective school programs and educational services to meet the needs of culturally diverse individuals. The cultural diversity core includes a 45-hour practicum at the College of Education Career Development Academy assisting and interacting with first generation immigrant adult learners and their family members. To provide some flexibility in meeting individual candidate goals, the program also offers electives to be selected by the student with adviser approval. These courses must aid the candidate in his/her understanding of diversity. By giving candidates course options, the program of study can be shaped to assist candidates in multiple career options such as diversity leadership positions in academic institutions, public schools, and federal and state agencies.