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Press Release: Pace University's School of Education Launches New Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

07/18/2019

Press Release: Pace University's School of Education Launches New Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ONE-YEAR PROGRAM PREPARES STUDENTS WHO WANT TO TEACH ENGLISH IN AN INTERNATIONAL SETTING OR WITH ADULT LEARNERS IN THE U.S.

Pace University’s School of Education has a new Master of Science (MS) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International. This 30-credit program is offered on Pace’s New York City and Westchester campuses and can be completed in one year.

The TESOL International MS prepares teachers of English who want to work in an international setting, or with adult learners in the United States. Students learn the theories, strategies, and methods for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), so they can apply the knowledge, sociolinguistic contexts, and language development to instruction.

Pace’s new program offers a unique technological approach by integrating a combination of computational thinking, Ed tech, and language teaching. A strong emphasis will also be placed on providing students with a wide range of fieldwork experiences and hands-on practice teaching under the guidance of supervisors, faculty, and mentor-teachers. Students will benefit from practicum experience teaching in New York City or abroad in their country of origin.

TESOL educators are in high demand around the globe, and the number of English learners is expected to grow. According to the UK’s British Council, 1.75 billion people use the English language worldwide, and that number is expected to increase to 2 billion people, by 2020.

“The School of Education at Pace University provides relevant and marketable education degrees and programs that are accessible to their students. This new one-year MS in TESOL comes at a time when there is an increased need for English language teachers and a growing interest of educators to teach English here and abroad,” said Provost Vanya Quiñones, PhD. “Students in New York City and Westchester will gain valuable skills with our nationally-recognized faculty in this new TESOL International program.”

Not only does the TESOL International MS integrate foundational courses in education, but also TESOL core curriculum that covers theories, language acquisition and linguistics, as well as TESOL methods, electives, and a capstone. In addition to offering this program on both campuses, some courses are also available online.

About the School of Education:

For more than fifty years, Pace University’s School of Education has prepared students to not only meet the requirements for teaching certification but to also be agents of change committed to student success and lifelong learning. Through small classes and early fieldwork experiences, School of Education students are ready to make a difference in the world before they even graduate. School of Education students receive the tools they need to be successful educators from faculty who are nationally and internationally renowned for active engagement in progressive research activities. We provide courses in a variety of new specialty areas to improve engagement, especially for students with diverse learning styles and learning differences. School of Education.

About Pace University:

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The University also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law School in White Plains.

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Press Release: Pace University Education Professor Receives National Technology Initiative Fellowship Award

09/13/2018

Press Release: Pace University Education Professor Receives National Technology Initiative Fellowship Award

Pace Professor Tom Lynch recognized for his innovation in embedding computer science into English classes

Pace University School of Education Associate Professor Tom Liam Lynch, Ed.D., was selected by the National Council of Teachers as the recipient of the National Technology Leadership Initiative Award.

The national honor highlights Lynch’s efforts to embed computer science in English Language Arts classrooms. “Mixed literary analyses” go beyond the average English lesson. Teachers challenge students to write literary essays that use traditional data from a text and include quotes, but also use quantitative data such as how many key words appear in a body of work. With computerization changing career trajectories of this generation, Lynch aims to equip students with a toolkit to flourish in today’s rapidly changing workplace and become the best possible innovators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers.

Pace University Provost Vanya Quiñones said Lynch exemplifies what makes Pace faculty so innovative. “We are very proud of Professor Tom Lynch,” said Quiñones. “His award demonstrates Pace faculty’s ongoing commitment to educating America’s next generation of ambitious doers and strivers. Professor Lynch and his colleagues are preparing Pace students for success by challenging the norms.”

Lynch says merging computer science and English will level the playing field. “If we are serious about computer science being taught to all children, not just in those schools who can afford to do so, we have to find ways to embed computer science into core content-areas,” said Lynch. “Computer science can deepen and expand subjects like English. When we do that, we ensure computer science is made equitably and sustainably available to all.”

The assignments were piloted in the spring at Pace High School as part of Lynch’s work as co-director of Babble Lab: A Center for Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Research. Assistant Professor Kelley Kreitz, Ph.D., of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, is co-director. The lab is funded by the Pace Fund.

Prior to Pace, Lynch was an English teacher and school district official for the New York City Department of Education. Lynch led the implementation of a $50 million online/blended learning program in over 100 schools called iLearnNYC. He also designed and guided the initial implementation of WeTeachNYC, a digital resource repository and learning environment for the city’s 80,000 teachers. Tom’s research sits at the intersection of software theory and English education. His book, “The Hidden Role of Software in Educational Research: Policy to Practice,” was released by Routledge in 2015. Lynch received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, his master’s and doctorate of Education from Columbia University in New York.

The award was issued by the tech division of the National Technology Literary Initiative, English Language Arts Teachers Educators (ELATE). Lynch will accept the award and present his work to his peers at an annual education conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in March of 2019.

About the National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. They promote the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English. http://www2.ncte.org/

About the School of Education

For more than fifty years, Pace University’s School of Education has prepared students to not only meet the requirements for teaching certification, but to also be agents of change committed to student success and lifelong learning. Through small classes and early fieldwork experiences, School of Education graduates are ready to start making a difference in the world before they even graduate. School of Education students receive the tools they need to be successful educators from faculty who are nationally and internationally renowned for active engagement in progressive research activities. Our students begin observations the first semester of sophomore year, which is one year earlier than most schools, and we strive to provide courses in a variety of new specialty areas to improve engagement, especially for students with diverse learning styles and learning differences. https://www.pace.edu/school-of-education/

About Pace University
Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennialswww.pace.edu.

 

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Press Release: Pace University’s School of Education and College of Health Professions Launch New Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs this Fall

05/29/2018

Press Release: Pace University’s School of Education and College of Health Professions Launch New Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs this Fall

Pace University is launching a Bachelor of Science program in Early Childhood Education in lower Manhattan and in Westchester as well as a new Master of Science program in Nutrition and Dietetics at its campus in Pleasantville.

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to support the learning and development of all young children and includes a cultural competence component to prepare students to better serve children who come from diverse backgrounds. The program works with family and community partnerships but also focuses on using developmentally effective approaches to build a meaningful curriculum for young children.

The Early Childhood Education program leads to a bachelor’s degree and the New York State initial teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 2). The program is full-time, and students advance through the program as a cohort, with required education courses offered in specific semesters which helps support graduation in four years.

“This new undergraduate program underscores the importance of Early Childhood Education,” said Xiao-lei Wang, PhD, Acting Dean of Pace’s School of Education. "High-quality early childhood education is a powerful means to promote continued success in school and in life, and the School of Education is pleased to add it to our academic programs.”

“Our aim is to prepare teachers who will support the development of the whole child, by promoting learning, growth, and social connections,” said School of Education Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Raquel Plotka, Ph.D.

For students with a taste for food science and health, Pace University’s College of Health Professions (CHP) is launching a new coordinated Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program. The program will offer concentrations in culinary nutrition and food policy while also fully preparing students to practice nutrition in a clinical setting.

The two-year, full-time coordinated program is the only one in the area where students are matched with and complete their internship of 1,200 required dietetic hours while attending classes. This model allows students to immediately apply their skills and knowledge in real life environments, including local food and hunger organizations, restaurants, hospitals, markets and farms.

Students in the program will be trained to serve as responsible practitioners, leaders, and innovators who will make positive impacts on nutrition outcomes. Students will share CHP’s Inter-professional Center for Healthcare Simulation with other health professions disciplines. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam.

Dr. Christen Cupples Cooper, EdD, RDN, a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) food and nutrition researcher is the Assistant Professor who founded the program. Dr. Cooper says: “Our aim is to educate a group of students who go into the workforce with the skills to help people to make healthful food choices, cook affordably and deliciously and lead happy, productive lives. We emphasize hands-on learning, enjoyment of food and promoting lifelong good health.”

“We are delighted to add Nutrition and Dietetics to our growing academic programs in the College of Health Professions,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “This program offers great opportunities for inter-professional collaboration across our College.”

Both programs are accepting applications for Fall 2018. To learn more about the programs or to apply for fall, visit Early Childhood Education or Nutrition and Dietetics.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. http://www.pace.edu