Sacred Heart offers new concentration for teaching degree

Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education has announced the addition of a new concentration in adult TESOL for its master of arts in teaching (MAT) degree.

The university already offers a Connecticut certification in adult TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). The new master’s degree concentration builds on the certificate program by offering four additional courses.

“The MAT concentration prepares graduates to understand the multi-cultural and diverse needs of students studying adult ESL (English as a Second Language),” said James Carl, dean of the Farrington College of Education. “It prepares them to teach with a variety of expressive communication methods, helps them understand the processes of first- and second-language acquisition, enables them to develop and demonstrate effective teaching skills, gives them an understanding of special education and provides them with the most current research to develop teaching that’s practical and effective.”

Madeleine Monaghan, director of Sacred Heart’s English Language Institute, will oversee the new 33-credit program. Courses will include methods and materials for teaching second language learners, special projects in education technology, special topics in computer education, seminar in reading interventions, storytelling and more.

“The whole program allows our graduates to become better teachers because they will have more of an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to teach adults who speak other languages,” Carl said. “It also makes them more competitive in their market because of the MAT credential.”

The new program will launch in the fall with an initial cap of 25 students.

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