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Master of Arts in Portuguese Bilingual Education and Cross-Cultural Studies or ESL Education and Cross-Cultural Studies

 

This interdisciplinary program offers graduate level study in advanced language and bilingual education for bilingual teachers of Portuguese as well as ESL training for teachers of ESL. This graduate degree program does not provide candidates with elementary and secondary teaching certification. It does, however, offer specialization courses that will satisfy R.I. Bilingual and ESL state endorsement requirements. Candidates for this degree may be part-time or full-time. In the former case, students will be required to complete at least two courses per semester thereby enabling them to complete their requirements in two years. Specific requirements for this two- track curriculum are:

Portuguese Bilingual Education, and Cross-Cultural Studies Curriculum:

  1. 1 course in Bilingual Education Methodology (2120);
  2. 1 course in Problems and Current Issues in Bilingual Education (2020)
  3. 1 course in Foundations of Bilingual Education (2010);
  4. Plus 3 Basic required courses (1750, 2020 or 1720); Plus 2 other related courses to be selected from offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian, Education, Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology.
  5. Bilingual Education candidates must take a written proficiency exam in Portuguese.

ESL Education and Cross-Cultural Studies Curriculum:

  1. 1 course in ESL Methodology for Assessment and Evaluation (2120A)
  2. 1 course in Problems and Current Issues in E.S.L. (202, 02);
  3. 1 course in Applied Linguistics for E.S.L. (2020) or Linguistic Theory and Practice (AN 280)
  4. 3 Basic Required courses (1750, 2020, 1720)
  5. 2 other related courses to be selected from offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian, Education, Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology and Sociology.

In addition to their course work, all candidates must complete a Master's Project.

Transfer Credit for All Master's Degrees

Graduate work done in graduate residence at other institutions and not used in fulfillment of the requirements for a degree may be offered in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master's degree on recommendation by the department. However, the equivalent of at least seven semester courses must be completed in residence at Brown University. Students who wish to transfer credit for work done elsewhere should file an application with the Registrar as soon as possible. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.