FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 10, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens

734.487.4400

ward.mullens@emich.edu

EMU FIRST IN STATE TO OFFER GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

 

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is first in the state of Michigan to offer a graduate certificate program leading to state endorsement for K-12 teachers in English as a Second Language (ESL).

The program, offered via distance learning, broadcasts classes from EMU-Livonia, at I-275 and Six Mile Road, to the Van Buren Intermediate School District, where several teachers will participate.

Through the use of distance learning technology, participants on the west side of the state, in Lawrence, will be able to see and interact with the participants and instructor on the east side of the state, in Livonia. The program will continue through fall 2001, with the completion of six courses. At the end of the program, participants will have met the competencies required by the State of Michigan's Department of Education, and will be able to apply for the English as a Second Language endorsement to add to their certification. The skills learned throughout the program will help public school teachers more effectively teach classes featuring non-native English speaking students.

For registration information, call EMU-Livonia toll free at 877.818.4368.

Founded in 1849, Eastern Michigan University is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from all over the world. Students can choose from more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral fields of study in arts and sciences, business, education, health and human services, and technology. The University grants bachelor's, master's and specialist's degrees, as well as a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Established as the state's first institution for teacher training, EMU remains the country's largest producer of K-12 educational personnel.

 

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