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:
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