MA English Language Learning Domains of Study
Areas of Study Within the
Master of Arts in English Language Learning (PreK–12) Program
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.
The following section includes the larger domains of knowledge, which are then followed by the subject-specific subdomains of knowledge.
English Language Learning Content Domain
This domain includes content in the following areas:
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.
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.
Focuses on issues central to assessment in the ELL environment.
Field Experience in ELL
Focuses on creating advocacy, partnerships, collaboration, models and ELL laws and regulations.
Subject Specific Pedagogy: ELL
The research fundamentals domain prepares students to conduct research and also to become informed consumers of research. Your studies in this domain will include the following:
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.
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.