Teaching English as a Second Language & Bilingual Education
The undergraduate Teaching English as a Second Language, also referred to as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Bilingual Education programs examine current theories and practices of language acquisition, multilingual language development in global contexts, the cultural development of multilingual learners, and the varied experiences of multicultural and multilingual families and communities in the United States as well as other countries. Students may complete a Teaching English as a Second Language minor (non-liscensure), or K-12 teaching endorsement (called the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement in Colorado), and/or a Bilingual Education Endorsement.
The undergraduate TESOL and Bilingual Education endorsements are housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and although numerous immigrant groups are addressed in TESOL coursework at UNC, there is a special focus on Spanish-speaking children and youth. This is an appropriate focus considering that in Colorado 84% of all English language learners are Spanish-speaking; in the U.S., 75% of all English language learners are Spanish-speaking, the majority of whom are from Mexico. Approximately 75% of students seeking endorsement are Elementary Education majors and the remainder are Secondary Education or K-12 licensure students.