MA English Language Learning Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Arts in English Language Learning (PreK–12) program content is based on research on effective instruction as well as national and state standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable teachers to teach effectively in diverse classrooms. The M.A. in English Language Learning (PreK–12) program content and training processes are consistent with the accountability intent of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and aligned with TESOL Standards. The degree program is focused on the preparation of highly qualified teachers. As described in the federal legislation, a highly qualified teacher is one who not only possesses full state certification, but also has solid content knowledge of the subject(s) he or she teaches.

English Language Learning Content

Language Production Acquisition
Focuses on describing and understanding language and the development of language. It includes the study of acquisition theory, grammar, and applied phonetics.

Culture
Focuses on the nature and role of culture and the importance of cultural groups and cultural identity.

Planning, Managing, and Implementing Instruction
Focuses on a variety of philosophies and grade levels of English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. It includes the study of ELL listening and speaking, ELL reading and writing, specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE), and specific issues for various grade level instruction.

Assessment
Focuses on issues central to assessment in the ELL environment.

Field Experience in ELL

Professionalism
Focuses on creating advocacy, partnerships, collaboration, models and ELL laws and regulations.

Subject Specific Pedagogy: ELL

Research Fundamentals

The research fundamentals area of study prepares students to conduct research and also to become informed consumers of research.

Foundations of Research
Focuses on differentiating between different research paradigms, including qualitative, quantitative, and action research.

Literature Reviews for Educational Research
Focuses on selecting an appropriate research topic, evaluating the reliability of primary and secondary source information, and conducting a literature review.

Research Proposal
Focuses on developing a research proposal that includes the literature review, research questions, methodology, and data analysis.

Issues in Research Fundamentals
Focuses on developing a research strategy that clarifies what data to collect and how to analyze it using descriptive and inferential statistics.