Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry

TESOL Professional Development Program

Welcome to TESOL Professional Development Program (TESOL PDP)! This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its overall aim is to improve the academic performance of K-12 language minority children by improving teacher, administrator, and teacher educator training in all areas served by FAU’s Jupiter, Boca Raton, and Davie campuses.

We offer the following programs that would satisfy Florida’s ESOL requirements for K-12 teachers and school administrators. Additionally, we also offer an M.A in TESOL and Bilingual Education— an innovative program that is designed to prepare graduates for teaching English in both overseas and U.S. contexts, to both youth and adults. Lastly, we offer a course for school administrators. Please see the following programs:

  1. Courses leading to ESOL endorsement (total: 15 credits)
  2. Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education (total 36 credits)
  3. ESOL Training for School Administrators (3 hours)

Our programs combine strong academic preparation in second language acquisition/development and pedagogical theory and practice in second language and bilingual education and help teachers and administrators to explore and apply research that supports effective English language teaching to students of diverse backgrounds. Our students gain competence in conducting pedagogically sound language lessons and researching ways to further enhance their language teaching through field work embedded throughout the program and interpreting local, state, and national policies related to ESOL education to make informed educational decisions about English and bilingual learners. Our faculty has vast international teaching experience in various educational contexts in Korea, Malaysia, Bahrain, Morocco, Haiti and Germany and are actively involved in service activities to improve the educational levels of immigrant children and families in the United States. The program teaches participants to be flexible and innovative as they respond to various types of needs, cultural differences, and program requirements. The goal of our program is to develop ESL and/or bilingual educators who:

  • set high expectations for all English and bilingual learners
  • are committed to promoting quality education for all students regardless of their English proficiency, cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds.
  • place value on the native language and culture of all students and believe that multilingualism is good for our nation.
  • advocate for English and bilingual learners and families through their no-nonsense insistence on making educational decisions related to both policy and practice based on scientifically based research and not on emotion or politics.
Updated September 2, 2014