Professional Studies Building, Room 345
The Department of Multicultural Education is an academic department that prepares teachers for careers in ESL, bilingual, and multicultural settings. Multicultural education recognizes and supports different perceptions of the world as equally valid; enables teachers to clarify their values and perceive their attitudes and stereotypes about other groups of people; and develops respect for linguistic and cultural differences.
Degree Program Options
The Master of Arts in Urban Education may be taken with any one of the following specializations:
- English as a Second Language—with or without ESL teacher certification, for students with or without a previous teaching certification
- Bilingual/Bicultural Education
- Certification or Endorsement Only
It is a New Jersey State requirement that all candidates seeking ESL certification be tested in oral and written English language proficiency. Candidates seeking bilingual endorsement must be tested in oral and written English language proficiency, and in oral/written second language proficiency. Tests are given by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The Department requires you to take the oral and written tests during your first 12 credits of study in Multicultural Education. ACTFL Language Proficiency Assessment Tests for ESL and Bilingual Certification can be arranged directly by visiting the ACTFL The website is www.actfl.org. NJCU is an ACTFL test site and Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Tests, in English and in the student’s native language, are conducted weekly at NJCU. Application forms can also be obtained from the University Advisement Center. Please call 201-200-3305 for further information.
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THIS CONCENTRATION ARE:
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
- A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.
Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/15:
- Math Test#5732 Passing Score 150
- Reading Test#5712 Passing Score 156
- Writing Test#5722 Passing Score 162
For more information on Praxis exams: https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THIS DEGREE TRACK ARE:
- Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
- Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Successful completion of clinical experience and clinical practice
This includes successful submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.
Jeong Alexis Kim, Chairperson
Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education
Skidmore College, B.S.; New York University, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Multicultural Education
George Washington University, B.A.; Université des Sciences Humaines (Strasbourg, France) Licence, Maitrise; University of Illinois, A.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Multicultural Education
University of Miami, Florida, B.F.A., M.F.A.; State University of New York Buffalo, Ph.D.
Professor of Multicultural Education
Queens College, B.A.; Hunter College, M.A.; City University of New York, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education
Univerzitet u Sarajevu, B.A.; University of Illinois, M.A., Ph.D.
Various discipline-specific concentrations that will prepare students for multiple fields of employment or areas of additional graduate study are noted below. Course requirements for each concentration are explained in detail. The requirements for graduation, in addition to completion of the major area, are listed on "Completing a Graduate Program."
Multicultural Center (MCC)
MCC 600 General Linguistics (3 Credits)
This course analyzes scientifically the nature of language and its component parts. The application of linguistic analysis to language learning and teaching is emphasized. The major contemporary theories of language are examined, including structural linguistics and transformational generative grammar. Language families, writing systems, language change, and the sociology and psychology of language are also studied.
MCC 603 Applied Linguistics with Emphasis on Second Language Experience (3 Credits)
This course examines the latest research on second language acquisition, similarities between first and second language development, the interaction between first and second language and their respective environments, levels of communicative competence in second language learners, and the implications of language attitudes, socio-cognitive variables, and ethnolinguistic identity for curriculum planning and classroom procedure.
MCC 604 Phonology and Structure of American English (3 Credits)
This course will analyze the sound system and grammatical structure of American English as it applies to the teaching of English as a second language.
Pre-Requisite(s): MCC 600, General Linguistics
MCC 605 Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Education (3 Credits)
This course examines the history of bilingualism and the status of bilingual legislation in New Jersey and the United States. Various types of bilingual programs, the rationale for bilingual education, as well as ongoing research development in the field are discussed.
MCC 607 Theory and Practices of Teaching Bilingual Children (3 Credits)
The use of a student’s native language and his second language as mediums of instruction are the primary focus of this course. These skills are required of the prospective teacher so that they may develop, analyze, and apply the most appropriate instructional materials and strategies.
MCC 608 Language Culture and Communication (3 Credits)
This course examines the difference between cultural value systems, such as the melting pot theory and the theory of cultural pluralism, and their educational implications. In addition, it also examines the relationship between cultural values and both cognitive styles and communication styles. Other relevant issues of the culture-language relation are discussed as well.
MCC 609 Multicultural Education and Psycholinguistics (3 Credits)
This course examines the psychological nature of language. Native language acquisition, second language acquisition by children and adults, as well as the nature of language comprehension and production are covered. The application of theoretical findings to language teaching is emphasized.
MCC 610 Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)
This course explores the development of language in relation to social and cultural history, social issues, and gender. It covers a variety of topics concerning the social, political, and regional origins of linguistic varieties, such as standard language, dialects, pidgins and Creoles. Phonetic, syntactic and lexical differences and universal characteristics, and issues of language choice and attitude are also discussed. Other topics include the impact of language policy and conflict on group identity, self-esteem, and academic achievement. The history of Sociolinguistics and ongoing research development in the field are discussed as well.
MCC 611 Theories of Language Teaching (2 Credits)
This course presents second language teaching in historical perspective. The major language teaching theories of the twentieth century are studied and their impact on current pedagogical practices examined.
Co-Requisite(s): MCC 612
MCC 612 Observation of English as a Second Language (1 Credit)
Students observe ESL classrooms and share their observations with classmates. A formal observation system is used.
Co-Requisite(s): MCC 611
MCC 615 Experience in Learning Another Language (3 Credits)
Students experience learning a language other than English through student-centered approaches. While acquiring the ability to function in that language, students gain insights into the psychology of language learning and teaching through personal experience.
MCC 616 Soc Psych Biling Chld (3 Credits)
MCC 617 Field Experience in Bilingual/Multicultural Education (3 Credits)
The in-service teacher is given an opportunity to observe and to participate in a field experience in bilingual/multicultural education. Experienced teachers are supervised "on the job" and meet in seminar groups to discuss and evaluate their experience. Videotaped data may be utilized in the evaluation.
Pre-Requisite(s): MCC 655
MCC 618 Human Relations and Multicultural Education (3 Credits)
This course in intergroup education is concerned primarily with fostering better understanding and relationships among individuals and groups of different sexes, races, national origins, and socio-economic backgrounds.
MCC 619 Americans in the World Community (3 Credits)
This course develops students' knowledge and understanding of world issues from a global perspective. Particular emphasis is given to the economic, cultural, social, and political interdependence of all people. Students also become acquainted with curriculum materials in global education for use in K-12 classes.
MCC 620 Workshop in Open Classroom Education (3 Credits)
Some theory behind openness is explored, but emphasis is on setting up learning centers and developing curricula for individual and small group learning. Participants share task cards and centers they have developed with their children and develop techniques of record keeping and evaluation.
MCC 621 Multicultural Values in the Urban Community (3 Credits)
MCC 623 Contemporary Issues in Bilingual Curriculum Development (3 Credits)
This course examines contemporary issues in bilingual/multicultural education as they apply to curriculum planning and development. Emphasis is on the assessment of needs and the evaluation designs of bilingual/bicultural curricula. The nature of objectives in bilingual/multicultural education programs is examined. Models and methods of implementation of bilingual/multicultural programs as well as the relationship between curriculum designs and bilingual legislation are discussed.
MCC 624 Bilingual Students and Special Education Intervention and Assessment (1 Credit)
MCC 625 Advanced Topics in ESL (3 Credits)
An in-depth study of aspects of English which often present difficulties for non-native speakers is offered. The primary focus is on problems in oral and written production.
MCC 626 Survey and Development of English as a Second Language Material (3 Credits)
This course explores the relationship of recent trends in language teaching to the development of ESL materials. Students evaluate, adapt, and write materials for ESL classes.
MCC 627 Historical and Cultural Background of Limited English Proficient Students (3 Credits)
This course examines the acculturation of language minority students in American schools. Topics include: socialization and discourse practices that contribute to the variety of cognitive styles of ethnolinguistic and bilingual students; the psychological and social factors that facilitate development of or inhibit their self-image, as well as the ability to function within a culturally diverse society; the relationships between bilingualism and intelligence, socioeconomic factors and psycholinguistic processes that affect ways in which children develop literacy skills; psychological and pedagogical consequences of schooling, including bilingual programs, immersion, and submersion strategies; the concepts of “space” and “time” as being culturally imbedded and their relevance to the bilingual educational setting; and the role of assessment in bilingual schooling.
MCC 628 Approaches to Teaching English Writing Skills to ESL and Bilingual Students (3 Credits)
This course provides ESL and bilingual teachers or teacher candidates with the knowledge, experience, and skills that they need to assess student writing; develop appropriate writing assignments and teaching techniques; and use technology (e-mail, the Web, etc.) to teach writing. The course will also explore research on writing and attitudes toward writing. There are no prerequisites for this course.
MCC 629 Pedagogical Strategies for Native Language Instruction in the Spanish Bilingual Classroom (3 Credits)
MCC 631 Teaching American Language and Culture to ESL Students in Higher Education (3 Credits)
Course examines how the cultural mores of contemporary America society are expressed through the medium of American English. Candidates examine how the English language expresses mostly unspoken cultural assumptions and develop strategies for teaching college students various aspects of pragmatics that are governed by cultural norms.
MCC 632 Fieldwork in ESL Programs for College Students (3 Credits)
This course gives candidates the opportunity to observe and conduct ESL classes at the post-secondary level. The candidates evaluate their experience in class discussions and reflect on that experience in their observation logs. The course provides practical tools and strategies for teaching adult learners at post-secondary levels.
Pre-Requisite(s): MCC 631
MCC 633 Teaching ESL in Higher Education (3 Credits)
Course prepares candidates to teach ESL to college students. Candidates will identify pedagogical and linguistic needs for academic success of ESL college students and adult learners. Candidates will develop a repertoire of instructional strategies for teaching various aspects of English for Academic Purposes.
MCC 634 Assessment and Evaluation for ESL Learners (3 Credits)
This course provides key concepts and ideas of classroom-based assessment for ESL students of P-12, aligning to the New Jersey English Language Proficiency Standards and the TESOL Pre-K-12 ESL Standards. Students will examine and create authentic assessment measures for standards-based ESL classrooms for the purpose of diagnosing and monitoring students’ progress.
MCC 635 Effective Literacy Teaching for English Language Learners (3 Credits)
Course offers ESL and mainstream classroom teachers instructional strategies for developing the literacy skills of K-12 and adult English Language Learners. The course provides teachers with an overview of best literacy practices and assessment tools and suggests texts appropriate to readers of different cultures, levels and abilities.
MCC 650 Research Urban Education in ESL/Bilingual Education (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to different research techniques so as to allow them to work on topics relevant to the fields of bilingual/multicultural education and the teaching of English as a second language.
MCC 655 Methods of Teaching ESL (3 Credits)
Students observe, practice, and develop practical techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to English Language Learners through the content areas of math, science and social studies. Students conduct peer teaching to demonstrate various second language teaching techniques and methodologies. Emphasis is on classroom management, testing, and developing creative materials and approaches that promote the acquisition of academic English language skills through content instruction.
MCC 656 Clinical Experience in ESL/Bilingual Education (1 Credit)
Candidates spend 50 hours in different schools, focusing on the application of the current theory of second language teaching and assisting teachers in implementing strategies and techniques for differentiated instruction across various proficiency levels and learner needs. During regular weekly meetings, students become familiar with various aspects of the ED TPA assessment.
Pre-Requisite(s): MCC 655
MCC 660 Internship In ESL (5 Credits)
This internship is a full-semester field experience in a school with a recognized ESL and/or bilingual program. Students are assigned to work with a cooperating teacher certified in their field of specialization. They observe, tutor, and then teach children, under the supervision of the cooperating teacher. Interns assume the full responsibilities of a classroom teacher during the course of the semester and are responsible for in-class and out-of-class activities normally assigned to teachers.
Co-Requisite(s): MCC 661 and Department Consent
MCC 661 Seminar in ESL (1 Credit)
Students attend this weekly seminar to share, analyze, and evaluate their student teaching experiences. They help find solutions to problems faced by themselves and others.
Pre-Requisite(s): MCC 617