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Graduate Program in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

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  Objectives The MA in TESL is designed to achieve the following: Provide candidates with exposure to the theory and practice of teaching English to children whose first language is not English (LEP and ELL); Certify teachers as ESL teachers; Provide candidates with an advanced level of expertise and a thorough training in the discipline of analyzing the various facets of teaching LEP and ELL children; and Provide candidates with the preparation necessary for a career as a schoolteacher. The MA in TESL is an interdisciplinary program designed for educational personnel at the early childhood, elementary as well as secondary school levels. The program emphasizes the training of teachers who are interested in working with second language learners from diverse linguistic settings. It also helps its candidates explore research related to bilingual and bicultural children. Finally, the program is open for non-degree teachers who simply want to take courses for Certification or for certified teachers who simply need Content Knowledge courses. The interdisciplinary program involves courses taught in the Department of English and Foreign Languages and courses taught in the Department of Education. Faculty and staff from the above departments shall cooperate to make the program a success. While candidates shall use facilities available in both departments, the department of English and Foreign Languages is responsible for coordinating and directing the student orientation, student advisement, student teaching, field experience, thesis projects and portfolio reviews. Admission Requirements For admission to graduate study, applicants must show evidence that they have earned a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university, possess the ability to do graduate work of high quality, and be proficient in the target language. Bachelor’s degrees earned from international institutions may be considered, to the discretion of the relevant admissions personnel. Also, applicants must submit to the Program Admissions’ Committee their GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores or accepted equivalent, one official transcript from all previous undergraduate and graduate work, three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors, and an 800-word statement of purpose indicating educational career goals and experience.  Applicants must have taken and passed Praxis I before they are admitted.  Teachers who intend to take courses for purposes of certification only must show evidence that they have earned a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university, in addition to proof of their professional affiliation with a particular school system in the nation. Also, candidates need a pre- or co-requisite teacher education program in the following areas: English, Foreign Language, Elementary Education, or Content Areas for ES (O) L; Elementary Education (or Exceptional Children) for Bilingual: Elementary Content Area such as Biology, English, or Exceptional Children for Bilingual: Secondary. Other requisites include the following: Content Knowledge proficiency in the language where certification is sought: 15 semester hours of language at the intermediate level or above (or content knowledge Praxis II test) for Bilingual and up to 30 semester hours at the intermediate level for ESOL (or content knowledge Praxis II test) Productive Language test for Bilingual speakers Verification of knowledge of the relative culture (course, study abroad, native experience, etc. Furthermore, candidates have to fulfill the following language requirements: Proficiency in English: Native or near native fluency is required of all candidates. Degree Requirements This is a proposal for a two-degree plan: a 36 semester-hour plan without thesis but with a Comprehensive Exam (Plan A) or a 30 semester-hour plan with thesis (6 credits), excluding the Comprehensive Exam (Plan B). Candidates of either plan must complete a 3-credit practicum. Here is a breakdown of both programs: Plan A includes: 21 semester hours concentration in educational foundations, bilingual education and linguistics courses 12 hours in a minor concentration A 3-credit hour practicum A Comprehensive Exam Plan B includes: 21 semester hours concentration in educational foundations, bilingual education and linguistics courses 6 hours of electives A 3-credit hour practicum A Comprehensive Exam A thesis (6 hours) Curriculum Grid   Year 1 Session Course # and credit Course Title Fall I ENG-518    (3 credits) Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language* Fall II EDU-557   (3 credits) Effective Teaching Strategies* Spring I ENG-519   (3 credits) Teaching the Multi-cultural/ Multilingual Student* Spring II EDU-614   (3 credits) Human Development in Education Summer I ENG-504   (3 credits) Second Language Acquisition Summer I ENG-510   (3 credits) Structure of Modern English Summer II ENG-512   (3 credits) Seminar on Theories and Practice of Second Language Learning and Testing Summer II EDU-611   (3 credits) Theories and Practices in Exceptionalities Year 2       Fall I EDU-608   (3 credits) Diagnostic Teaching of Reading* Fall II ENG-590   (3 credits) Practicum* Spring I (3 credits) Elective/Thesis Spring II (3 credits) Elective/Thesis   *Courses require EFE as mandated by the Council of Professional Educators (CPE)   Electives       ENG-520. Foundations of Bilingual Education                                                                               EDU-601. Contemporary Issues in American Education                                                               EDU-604. Theories and Methods of Instruction                      EDU-625. Introduction to Statistics and Research in Education  

Sociology

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  As an HBCU, Delaware State teaches sociology from a unique perspective. We provide our students with a strong basic foundation in the study of social institutions, including religion, politics, media, marriage/parenthood, and labor/industry. But Delaware State’s program also explores how societies are affected by factors such as   race gender ethnicity sexual orientation cultural identity Sociology majors become proficient in writing, critical thinking and analysis, academic research, and interpersonal communication. They have the opportunity to apply for internships and gain real-world, hands-on experience. All seniors in the program complete an independent, in-depth capstone project on a subject of their own choosing. Students graduate with a widely applicable skill set and a variety of career options, including graduate school. Professional Preparation Many Sociology graduates pursue advanced degrees in sociology, social work, law, criminal justice, and related disciplines. Others go directly into the work force and compete successfully for positions in fields such as criminal justice corrections mental health counseling drug and alcohol counseling social work Faculty Faculty in the sociology department are devoted teachers with a keen interest in undergraduate education. Professors are approachable and supportive, offering mentorship and academic guidance as well as classroom expertise. Members of Delaware State’s sociology faculty are active researchers and writers, with specialized interests that range from cultural anthropology to social stratification and global inequality. Research and Experience Sociology students can gain real-world experience through internships in the public and nonprofit sectors. The internship program has been expanded; students can now apply for hands-on work opportunities at mental health facilities drug / alcohol counseling centers juvenile counseling programs prisons homeless shelters transitional housing    

Criminal Justice

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  In Delaware State’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree program, students don’t merely study from textbooks. They also learn real-world lessons via our outstanding internship program, getting hands-on experience in the law enforcement, corrections, and criminal justice systems. This practical education is paired with a strong academic program that emphasizes writing and critical thinking. Students who earn a criminal justice degree from Delaware State have an excellent track record of success in the job market and graduate school.   The criminal justice major reflects our traditional mission as an HBCU. The program explores the historical and sociological roots of the U.S. criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on its racial and cultural foundations. Students compare the abstract principles of criminal justice against the actual workings of the criminal justice system, while learning about models for reform. Professional Preparation The criminal justice major at Delaware State stands out for its outstanding internship program. Our students get field experience opportunities in Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. They can choose internships that focus on substance abuse, homeland security, corrections, or other specialties. Whatever type of internship they perform, criminal justice majors get to explore their career options, add experience to their resumes, and make contacts within the profession. The department participates actively in the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, yielding further professional connections and opportunities for students. Faculty Criminal justice faculty are devoted teachers with a keen interest in undergraduate education. Professors are approachable and supportive, offering mentorship and academic guidance as well as classroom expertise. Members of Delaware State’s criminal justice faculty are active researchers and writers, with specialized interests that include domestic violence, prison rehabilitation, drug abuse, mental illness, and international criminal systems. Research and Experience Delaware State’s criminal justice department actively supports innovation in the field. The department is currently involved in a project to improve the chain of custody for criminal evidence (including in national security cases). It also is planning to participate in the national “Inside Out” prison exchange program, a new approach to prisoner rehabilitation and behavioral transformation. Students also have the opportunity to participate in community-service projects, take field trips to prisons and social service centers, and join other students in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Club.    

TV-Radio-Film Production

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  Introduction Delaware State’s TV-Radio-Film Production program attracts a lot of attention on campus, thanks to the prominence of student-run station WDSU, also known as “The Hive.” On the air since 1978, WDSU gives students an extensive hands-on education in broadcasting and audio production. This practical experience enables students to develop the technical, creative, and management skills necessary to establish a career in the radio industry. The program includes two off-campus internships at professional radio stations, where students can establish professional contacts and acquire some workplace smarts. And in the classroom, they explore mass communications from a theoretical perspective — and learn how radio evolved into (and remains) a medium that can influence public opinions, tastes, and attitudes. WDSU carries a full range of programming, including news, music, sports, and politics. Professional Preparation TV-Radio-Film Production majors develop a wide range of skills that translate directly to the workplace. These include broadcast writing sound production radio station operations news gathering and reporting media research techniques telecom management media law and ethics With the rise of the Internet and online broadcasting, the radio industry is changing. Our program emphasizes the online convergence of mass communications, preparing students for the jobs of the future. Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of the radio business, including technical production, on-air talent, and front office management. Faculty Delaware State’s mass communications instructors teach from experience. All have spent years in the communications industry and are able to convey both the theoretical and practical concepts that students need to build their careers. Our faculty includes radio veterans such as Andy Harris (the general manager of Dover ratings leader WDOV-AM) and longtime on-air host Ava Perrine. The mass communications faculty also includes documentary filmmakers, public relations professionals, online journalists, and veterans of the newspaper and television industries. Research and Experience Between their on-campus work at WDSU and their two off-campus internships, Delaware State graduates acquire hundreds of hours of direct experience behind the microphone and at the soundboard. In addition, our students can interact with professionals by getting involved in campus chapters of the Black Broadcasters Alliance, National Association of Black Journalists, and other organizations. Some undergraduates from the Mass Communications department have participated in the McNair Program, winning research stipends and presenting their findings at national conferences. All Mass Communications students have the opportunity to present original research on campus every spring during Honors Day.      

Convergence Journalism

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  Introduction In the era of YouTube and podcasts, lots of people are passing themselves off as journalists. But there are certain traits that separate the pros from the amateurs — and Delaware State is an outstanding place to learn them. Our Convergence Journalism students have access to state-of-the-art radio and television broadcasting facilities, as well as the digital multimedia technologies of the future. Our student-run television station (Channel 14) and radio station (WDSU) serve as educational laboratories where students can learn direct, practical lessons. In addition to developing excellent writing, reporting, and editing skills, Convergence Journalism majors acquire the technical knowledge to work behind the camera or the soundboard. They gain professional experience during two off-campus internships at local news outlets such as WDOV (1410 AM) and WHYY (Channel 12). Students graduate with job-ready skills, industry contacts, and a resume that reads like a pro's. Professional Prep Because they get so much hands-on experience, Convergence Journalism majors cultivate various marketable, industry-specific skills. These include news writing and editing media research techniques media law and ethics video and audio production digital multimedia In response to the rising popularity and significance of online journalism, our program emphasizes the digital convergence of mass communications media, preparing students for the jobs of the future. Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of convergence journalism, getting jobs as reporters, editors, production professionals, and front office managers. Faculty Delaware State’s Mass Communications instructors teach from experience. All have spent years in the communications industry and are able to convey both the theoretical and practical concepts that students need to build their careers. Our faculty includes radio veterans such as Andy Harris (the general manager of Dover ratings leader WDOV-AM) and longtime radio and television personality Ava Perrine. The mass communications faculty also includes documentary filmmakers, public relations professionals, online journalists, and veterans of the newspaper and television industries. Research and Experience All concentrations in the Mass Communications department emphasize experience-based learning, and the Convergence Journalism degree is no different. Our students spend hundreds of hours producing reports for WDSU and Channel 15, and gain many additional hours in professional work settings during their two off-campus internships. Our program includes an in-depth focus on research, introducing students to the methods and tools involved in reporting. In addition, our students can interact with professionals by getting involved in campus chapters of the Black Broadcasters Alliance, National Association of Black Journalists, and other organizations. Some undergraduates from the Mass Communications department have participated in the McNair Program, winning research stipends and presenting their findings at national conferences. All Mass Communications students have the opportunity to present original research on campus every spring during Honors Day.  

Public Relations and Advertising

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  Introduction In Delaware State’s Public Relations and Advertising program, students learn by doing. The program is built around hands-on, project-based assignments that simulate real-world PR situations. It culminates in an off-campus internship that yields professional contacts, builds student resumes, and provides the job-ready skills that employers look for in new hires. Students develop superior writing skills and learn to write for a range of media, including print, broadcast, and the Internet. They also learn layout and design, while working with state-of-the-art digital graphics technology. Above all, they cultivate a sense of how to communicate strategically — how to motivate an audience, influence public opinion, and change behaviors. Professional Prep Our public relations graduates have a successful track record of employment. In addition to landing jobs with advertising firms and public relations agencies, Delaware State grads have found work as in-house publicists and writers for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Others have gone into the radio, television, and newspaper industries. The Public Relations and Advertising program cultivates a broad range of industry-specific skills, including public relations writing branding and campaigns public opinion research organizational communications news writing and editing layout and design Delaware State has a campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), where students can network with working professionals. The campus chapter also sponsors resume writing and interviewing workshops. Faculty Delaware State’s Mass Communications instructors teach from experience. All have spent years in the communications industry and are able to convey both the theoretical and practical concepts that students need to build their careers. In public relations, the faculty includes David Skocik, author of Practical Public Relations for the Small Business and an active official in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The mass communications faculty also includes documentary filmmakers, online journalists, and veterans of the newspaper, television, and radio industries. Research and Experience Students gain extensive public relations and advertising experience during their two field work experiences. The first of these, an on-campus practicum, takes place during the junior year, and another (an off-campus internship) consumes the entire second semester of the senior year. These first-hand experiences play an invaluable role in helping students land their first job and transition into the workplace. Some undergraduates from the department have participated in the McNair Program, winning research stipends and presenting their findings at national conferences. All mass communications students have the opportunity to present original research on campus every spring during Honors Day.  

Facilities

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  State-of-the-art Pro Tools digital sound recording studio State-of-the-art digital, three-camera television studio Avid nonlinear editing suite Linear editing suites State-of-the-art Broadcast electronics Audio Vault digital radio station State-of-the-art sound lab Computerized writing lab State-of-the-art distance learning lab Uplink and downlink radio and television facilities Closed-circuit student-run television station Closed-circuit student-run radio station  

Bachelor's Programs

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The Department of Mass Communications produces graduates who specialize in convergence journalism; public relations and advertising, or television-radio-film production. The curriculum combines three essential elements of learning: A theoretical approach to enable students to understand concepts of mass communications. A performance-based approach to develop skills and techniques to enable students to be proficient with communication technologies. An internship program to place students in off-campus learning environments working with professionals.  

Studio Art

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  Introduction   The Studio Art program at Delaware State strikes a balance between artistry and academics — and between creativity and career development. Working with accomplished artists in a professional environment, our students develop advanced studio skills along with the discipline, work habits, and intellectual depth necessary for success. Because our program improves the mind as well as the eye and the hand, our graduates thrive in a broad range of careers, including advertising, design, and digital multimedia. In addition, many of our students go on to graduate school. Delaware State boasts state-of-the-art facilities (including a darkroom and computer lab), plus an outstanding gallery in which students and faculty members exhibit their work alongside nationally renowned artists. The program operates on the philosophy that artists are essential to civilization, and we prepare our graduates to perform in that role. Professional Prep Many of our graduates go on to careers as independent, studio-based fine artists in various media (including painting, sculpture, and photography). Others go into commercial art, working in industries such as advertising, design, publishing, or digital media. Students in the program develop advanced skills in all major media, including computer graphics and digital art painting drawing sculpture ceramics photography printmaking 2-D and 3-D design Faculty All of Delaware State’s art faculty are successful practicing artists and dedicated teachers. The various members exhibit their art internationally, lead workshops and lectures, serve as judges, and participate in national conferences. Taken together, these activities provide the Delaware State art program with a wide network of contacts and a national reputation. The faculty’s broad range of experience enhances their ability to function as mentors, helping young artists to carve out satisfying professional and creative niches. The department has a family-like atmosphere, in which instructors and students help each other meet the challenges of creative growth and career development. Research and Experience During the senior year, Studio Art majors create a body of work and present a show in the gallery. They also complete a thesis paper and slide registry, and make an oral presentation before the department faculty. The art department sponsors lectures, workshops, and other cultural and artistic events on campus. It also operates the on-campus Arts Center/Gallery, an exhibition space that displays art by Delaware State students and faculty, as well as regional and national artists. The Arts Center/Gallery sponsors lectures, receptions, seminars, and interactive arts events, while hosting the annual Regional Scholastic Art Awards.      

Art Management

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  Introduction The interdisciplinary Arts Management degree offers students a rare opportunity to launch a career that combines business acumen with a passion for the arts. Arts Management majors develop a specialized set of skills that enables graduates to pursue positions at museums, galleries, nonprofit organizations, and art dealerships — or to launch their own arts-related entrepreneurial ventures. The Arts Management program includes a full range of studio courses; students develop advanced skills in painting, illustration, sculpture, graphic design, and other media. In addition, students get a practical education in the business of art via two semester-long internships. Only a few institutions offer a major comparable to Delaware State’s Arts Management degree. Professional Prep The Arts Management degree prepares graduates for immediate employment with museums, galleries, art supply firms, nonprofit, and other arts-related organizations. During the senior year, Arts Management majors complete two internships — one with a gallery, the other with a community arts organization. Both experiences enable students to cultivate professional contacts while developing practical skills that translate directly to the workplace. Students also take a required Arts Management seminar in which they learn about arts-related careers and interact with guest speakers from various parts of the art world. And they have the opportunity to connect with artists, patrons, reviewers, art buyers, and others via involvement in the Arts Center/Gallery. Faculty All of Delaware State’s art faculty are successful practicing artists and dedicated teachers. The various members exhibit their art internationally, lead workshops and lectures, serve as judges, and participate in national conferences. Taken together, these activities provide the Delaware State art program with a wide network of contacts and a national reputation. The faculty’s broad range of experience enhances their ability to function as mentors, helping young artists to carve out satisfying professional and creative niches. The department has a family-like atmosphere, in which instructors and students help each other meet the challenges of creative growth and career development. Research and Experience The Arts Management major culminates in two mandatory internships during the senior year, enabling students to develop some real-world survival skills and marketplace instincts. One of the internships takes place on campus at Delaware State’s Arts Center/Gallery, located in the Williams C. Jason Library. This exhibition space displays art by Delaware State students and faculty, as well as work by regional and national artists. The Arts Center/Gallery sponsors lectures, receptions, seminars, and interactive arts events. It also hosts the Regional Scholastic Art Awards. In their final semester, Arts Management students complete an off-campus internship with a community arts organization — typically a museum, nonprofit agency, educational institution, government program, or other public-spirited entity.      

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