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Special Education (TESP)          English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

 

Minor in Special Education (TESP)

Why Special Education?

  • According to the Individuals with Disabilities Act Data Accountability Center, nearly 11% of the K-12 population in the U.S. is receiving special education services. 
  • Over 6.5 million U.S. children from birth to age 17 currently receive special education services.
  • No Child Left Behind mandates that the vast majority of students receiving special education services meet the same academic achievement standards as their peers not receiving special education services.

What are the Advantages?

  • Teachers who hold a special education endorsement are able to meet the needs of ALL students in their classrooms.
  • Special education employment is projected to increase 6% by the year 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The median pay for special education teachers is higher than that of regular education teachers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • The addition of the minor and endorsement will allow graduates to teach students with disabilities in inclusionary classrooms and/or special education resource classrooms, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Degree Programs with Special Education Minors:


 

Minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Why ESOL?

  • In the last decade, ESOL student enrollment in K-12 has more than doubled.
  • Over 7 million students are currently identified as ESOL.
  • No Child Left Behind mandates that ESOL students meet academic achievement standards in both language and content.
  • ESOL teachers have the unique and dynamic opportunity to work with students from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds. 

What are the Advantages?

  • Teachers who hold an ESOL endorsement are able to meet the needs of ALL learners in their classrooms.
  • The addition of the minor and endorsement will allow graduates to teach preK-12 students with limited or no English language proficiency in both an ESOL and regular classroom.
  • Gain the skills necessary to work with students whose second language is English.
  • Better meet the needs of all students in our public and private preK-12 educational settings.
  • A second language is not required to obtain the minor.

Degree Programs with ESOL Minors:

 

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