Supporting Dual Language Learners Credential

 

Course Information:

The demographics within Early Childhood Education in America are shifting with the number of young children learning a home language other than English as their first and primary language growing at a much faster rate than young children learning English as a native speaker (WI Early Dual Language Learner Initiative). The result is early childhood educators needing to better understand the unique traits and needs of young children who are dual language learners.

This Credential must be completed in sequence, and can be completed over two semesters.

How to Apply:

  • apply to UW-Whitewater as a Special Student ( click here to download instructions)
  • once accepted, use information sent by Admissions office to establish a password and use that to log into campus e-mail for future correspondences
  • using the ID given and password selected, log into their WINS account and accept the “Terms and Conditions” for enrolling on our campus
  • email lenchoc@uww.edu and riversc@uww.edu with your name, UW-W ID number (will be on their acceptance letter), and the name of the course(s) you wish to be take


 

Course One - Introduction to Dual Language in Early Childhood – Spring 2019 – first 8 weeks
As the first course in the Supporting Dual Language Learners Credential, this course provides a historical overview of dual language programs in the United States and offers evidence to support the importance of home language maintenance in a dual language setting. It provides a foundation for understanding dual language learners, as well as strategies to effectively meet the needs of dual language learners in an early childhood setting, including classroom environments, teaching recommendations, and methods of assessment.

Course Two - Components of a Quality Dual Language Program – Spring 2019 – second 8 weeks
As the second course in the Supporting Dual Language Learners Credential, students will learn about the components of a quality dual language program, including assessment and accountability, curriculum, instruction, classroom environments, staff quality, program structure, family and community involvement, and support and resources. Students will investigate and evaluate each component and how it affects dual language learning.

Course Three - Supporting Language Acquisition in Early Childhood Dual Language Learners – Fall 2019 – first 8 weeks
As the third course in the Supporting Dual Language Learners Credential, students will develop understanding about the characteristics of an effective teacher of children who are dual language learners. Students will learn and apply strategies to effectively support all dual language learners in an early childhood setting from infancy to preschool.

Course Four - Assessment of Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood – Fall 2019 – second 8 weeks
Throughout this final Capstone course, students will learn about the components of a quality dual language program, including assessment and accountability, curriculum, instruction, classroom environments, staff quality, program structure, family and community involvement, and support and resources. Students will investigate and evaluate each component and how it affects dual language learning.

 

Contact us, if you have any other questions
Carmen Rivers
ECCE Program Coordinator
riversc@uww.edu
262-472-1802