UVM student working with youth through a Service Learning Course at King Street Center

The increasing ethnic and linguistic diversity of our society creates opportunities and poses challenges that impact schools, communities, and workplaces. Two different minors are available for UVM students who want to develop skills to work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Why are students excited about our ECLD minors?

"What I like about the coursework so far is that there are opportunities with the classes to go into the field and work with different organizations, such as the King Street Center and Parent University, to see this information we are learning in a real-life context."  Jordan Kerr '19

Benefits and Outcomes for Students

  • Enhanced cross-cultural communication skills and culturally responsive practices
  • Experience working with diverse, multicultural communities
  • Exploration of language delivery models
  • Awareness of the intersection of immigration and educational policies
  • Understanding of migration and immigration issues

Two Minors for UVM Students

Education for Cultural and Linquistic Diversity (18 Credits) - Open to all UVM Students

This minor is for any UVM student who wants to develop competency working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in a variety of professional and community settings. Interdisciplinary coursework includes a variety of electives in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Cultural Anthropology, Higher Education, Human Development, Linguistics, Social Work, and Sociology.

Core Courses (9 credits)

Note: ECLD prefix replaces the former EDLT prefix.

  • ECLD 056 (D1) Language Policy, Race, & School
  • ECLD 102/202* Bilingual Education & Policy
  • ECLD 205 Home, School, & Community Collaboration

*Undergraduate students take ECLD 102; graduate students take ECLD 202.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Note: One course must be at the 100 level or above.

  • ANTH 021 (D2:SU) Cultural Anthropology (pre-requisite for Anthropology courses in this course sequence)
  • ANTH 040 Parenting and Childhood
  • ANTH 095 Food and Culture
  • ANTH 174 D2 Culture, Health, & Healing
  • CDAE 295 Multicultural Leadership
  • CSD 020 Intro to Disordered Communication
  • CSD 094 Development of Spoken Language
  • EDHE 050 Bullying, Discrimination, and Youth Violence Prevention
  • EDSP 224 Meeting the Instructional Needs of All Learners
  • EDTE 057 Citizenship and Education in the U.S.
  • GEOG 272 Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism
  • HDFS 005 Human Development
  • HDFS 060 Family Context of Development
  • LING 080 Introduction to Linguistics (Pre-requisite for Linguistic courses in this course sequence)
  • LING 095 Linguistic Diversity in the U.S.
  • LING 176 (D1) African American English
  • LING 177 Second Language Acquisition
  • SOC 019 D1 Race Relations in the U.S.
  • SWSS 055 Working with Refugees

Education for Cultural and Linquistic Diversity - ENDORSEMENT (21 credits) - for Education majors only

This major is for Education majors pursuing an additional certification/endorsement in their licensure program to work with English language learner students (ELLs) in PreK through grade 12.

Students in major will learn to:

  • address cultural and language learning needs of students
  • create culturally responsive lessons and curriculum
  • assess language and content for ELL students
  • understand the distinction between language-based disabilities and language needs
  • navigate state policies and program planning for ELL students

Required Courses (21 credits including Practicum)

Note: ECLD prefix replaces former EDLT prefix.

  • ECLD 056 (D1) Language Policy, Race, & School
  • ECLD 102/202* Bilingual Education & Policy
  • ECLD 201 Teaching English Language Learners
  • ECLD 205 Home, School, & Community Collaboration
  • LING 080 Introduction to Linguistics (pre-requisite for Linguistic courses in this course sequence)
  • LING 170 TESOL & Applied Linguistics — or — LING 177 Second Language Acquisition
  • EDTE 295 Practicum for working with English Language Learners (at a local school)

*Undergraduate students take ECLD 102; graduate students take ECLD 202.

Apply

Application for ECLD Minor (PDF)

Deadlines

  • November 1 for Spring semester
  • March 15 for Fall semester

Contact Us

cessstsv@uvm.edu / 802-656-3468

Did you know?

  • English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group – nearly 1 in 4 students is an ELL.
  • There were more than 4.6 million ELL students in public schools during the 2015-16 school yesar, yet only 78,000 teachers dedicated to addressing their needs.