The Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist ESL Certificate Program (ESL GEN) is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in elementary school classrooms. You will earn a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development.
As a Student Studying Elementary Education, You Will Explore
- developmental issues of children,
- learning theory,
- elementary school content,
- Social and emotional learning,
- English as a Second Language (ESL),
- and teaching methods.
This interdisciplinary major prepares you to teach a diverse group of children, with a strong component of field experience in public schools.
Earn Your Experience in the Classroom
In addition to core coursework, you will participate in a Professional Development Sequence (PDS). Through this teacher preparation program, you will learn the foundations of teaching from coursework, fieldwork and observations, and student teaching placements in classrooms of various elementary grade levels over the course of 3 semesters.
You will also learn the fundamentals of teaching such as:
- how to prepare engaging lesson plans,
- developing skills for consulting with classroom teachers and parents,
- how to support and advocate for students who are not native English speakers.
Our program has close connections with local area school districts, and a strong alumni network to support placements in student teaching.
What You’ll Get
This program allows you to work towards a certification in Early Childhood-6th Grade Generalist.
Through the PDS, you will earn up to 800 hours of classroom experience, far exceeding the 30-hour requirement set by the State of Texas. You will be well prepared to demonstrate leadership and experience in your teaching position.