Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Tamara J. Williams


Teacher education programs seeking the Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation or recertification must demonstrate proficiency in Specialized Professional Associations (SPA). For this specific study, the SPA emphasized is TESOL International Association, formerly Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) which has recently updated their learning standards of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in accordance with CAEP. These TESOL standards are meant to prepare Teacher Candidates to work with English Learner (EL) students as well as to provide EL Strategies awareness. The purpose of this program descriptive study was to recognize one component of the Teacher Candidates' opportunities to learn and demonstrate EL Instructional Strategies in the grade level classroom. This program design study used instructor interviews, course materials, and instructional coaching data (coaching observation forms and student growth and reflection logs). The data from the study was analyzed using frequency counts to determine variation to denote significance. The findings of this study help demonstrate one teacher preparation program's attempt at including EL awareness and EL strategy preparedness for all teacher candidates.


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