This fall the Reich College of Education (RCOE) began offering two new graduate programs with a global emphasis: International Leadership Graduate Certificate and Teaching Emergent Bilingual Populations in the Content Areas Certificate.
About International Leadership Graduate Certificate
The International Leadership Graduate Certificate is housed in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies. The certificate targets leaders from the education, government and corporate sectors who are looking to prepare themselves and their organizations to excel in today’s competitive global environment. International faculty co-teach in this program, bringing their students and their perspectives into a diverse, robust online classroom.
“These courses allow students to participate in international experiences at a much deeper level than they imagined,” said Dr. Barbara Howard, professor, program director, and interim assistant chair for the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies. “These courses offer project-based learning in virtual teams with students from other cultures and continents, preparing our AppState students for international work in multiple areas.”
"This has been an excellent experience for a graduate student," said doctoral program student, Chris Bottoms. "Working with the Russian students from Novgorod was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will always be glad I did. Ekaterina (Kate) and Dmitry are two great collaborators and it was a terrific experience working with them."
"The program also combined multiple content areas and brought everyone together to make it a success," he continued. "I am in an educational leadership program, Kate is in a linguistics/translator program, and Dmitry is in an agriculture program. The program was able to bring us together to gain a better understanding of how to interact on the global stage with different cultures."
The program is completely online and can be completed in as soon as two semesters. There are four required courses:
- LES 6100 - Cross Cultural Communication in Global Leadership (3)
- LES 6200 - Technology for International Collaborations (3)
- LES 6300 - International Leadership for Sustainability (3)
- LES 6400 - Leadership for International Teams (3)
For more information on the certificate or to apply, contact App State Online.
About Teaching Emergent Bilingual Populations in the Content Areas Certificate
The Teaching Emergent Bilingual Populations in the Content Areas Certificate is housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This certificate provides students with a strong grounding in culturally sustaining pedagogy and creative methods for engaging immigrant and refugee students in the areas of math, science and multiliteracies.
This certificate focuses on the intersections of math, science, and language learning.
Whether you are a preservice or current classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, or ESL teacher, this certificate will help you grow your knowledge and skills to help young people who are immigrants, refugees, or children of immigrants reach their full potential as multilinguals in K-8 public school classrooms.
“We are very excited to be able to offer this new certificate focused on working with emergent bilingual students and their families,” said Dr. Shanan Fitts, professor and program director.
“Providing all students with access to high quality instruction that is relevant, critical, and inclusive of different languages and cultural practices is foundational,” she continued. “The faculty teaching in this program look forward to exploring ways to integrate language learning and disciplinary learning in ways that also promote student agency.”
This program is a hybrid program, two face-to-face courses and two online courses, and can be completed in one-year. There are four required courses:
- C I 5310 - New Media and Emerging Literacies (3)
- C I 5320 - Teaching Mathematics to Emergent Bilinguals Learners (3)
- C I 5330 - Teaching Emergent Bilinguals in Science (3)
- C I 5340 - Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies (3)
For more information on the certificate or to apply, contact the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies.