Teaching English Learners Academic Content (TELAC)

What is TELAC?

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) – National Professional Development awarded a five year grant to the Department of English at Arizona State University to provide professional development and graduate ESL education for elementary, middle, and secondary teachers, educational leaders, instructional leaders and guicance counselors in Phoenix metropolitan area school districts. Each fall semeseter an new group of students participates in this specialized professional development program focused on enhancing teaching practices for mainstream English learners (ELs). This program is designed for teachers of in all content areas with a special emphasis on STEM.Teachers in their first year of teaching are welcome in the TELAC program.

TELAC is a two semester program (fall and spring) in which students take two courses each semester, a hybrid course and an online practicum course. The online Practicum course also involves meeting with faculty for coaching sessions three to four times a semester. (These meetings generally occur at your school site during a prep time or before/after school.)

Students take a hybrid course each semester which meets online three times and iin person the rest of the weeks of the semesetr. The face-to-face meetings are held on Tuesday or Thursday from 4:50-7:35 at the ASU Downtown Campus. The hybric course includes class activities online and independent work to fulfill class requirements. TELAC students will attend a spring Saturday professional development institute focusing on EL issues. Participation is required as part of the TELAC Program.

The Teaching English Learners Academic Content (TELAC) Program provides scholarships (equivalent to Arizona in-state tuition) to support accepted TELAC participants in the completion of graduate courses leading to a provisional ESL endorsement. Funding is provided from a grant by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), in coordination with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences English Department at ASU.