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Participation in the CTELL program for 2013 is a summer to fall commitment that consists of 2 three-credit graduate courses:

  • ED 605B Paradigms in ESL/Bilingual Education SERIES
  • ED 604 Language Acquisition in the Content Areas SERIES

Selection for CTELL 2013 will fill the following  6 cohorts :

  • PreK – 2nd Grades
  • 3rd – 5th Grades
  • Content Area:  Social Studies (6th – 12th Grades)
  • Content Area:  Language Arts (6 – 12th Grades)
  • Content Area:  Math/Science (6 – 12th Grades)
  • Special Education (K – 12th Grades)”

One face-to-face session is required for participation in the program.  You will meet both of your instructors and the others in your cohort.  It will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the Monroe campus of Edgewood College in Madison, WI.  Mileage reimbursement and overnight accommodations will be provided. The face-to-face session is required for all participants without exception. 

After the face-to-face session, the first course begins online on Monday, June 24, 2013, and ends on Friday, August 2, 2013.  The second course begins online on Monday, September 23, 2013, and ends on Friday, December 6, 2013. 

After the face-to-face session on June 22, 2013, instruction for both courses is provided in a complete on-line version.  You will take both courses with your assigned cohort. 

An online tutorial for using the Blackboard online platform is provided, however a technology tutorial will be held at each partner CESA (2, 3, 4, 5, and 11) during the first week of the summer course for your questions and needs. 

Online learning is a very different experience from a face-to-face class.  It has a different feel.  It has a different energy.  It typically also takes more time and there typically is a learning curve getting used to the technology (i.e. Blackboard) and communicating almost exclusively in writing.  It is, however, an intimate and transformative experience --- just in a different way from being with each other in the physical classroom.  I especially love online learning because it allows our classroom to stretch from Fort Atkinson to Arcadia and from Reedsburg to Sparta. 

It’s important to understand that the online learning experience is much more conducive to one’s personal schedule but it isn’t “self-paced.”  The courses are taught in modules.   There are requirements and expectations like any other graduate course, they just have more fluidity.  Some things within a module can be done at any point within that module.  Some things within a module can be done ahead.  Some things within a module have specific deadlines.   Some instructors choose to release modules sequentially and some all modules at the beginning of a course. 

In preparing to take an online course, it’s important to remember that a three credit graduate course typically has 36 contact hours in a face-to-face format with two to three hours of reading and preparation between classes.  That’s the general outline used in creating our online courses.   Six hours will be spent together during the face-to-face session.  30 additional hours will be required for the completion of the additional modules and an additional eight to ten hours necessary for completing assignments. 

When planning summer vacations and events, being absent from your online learning community for more than two days is typically not acceptable unless agreed upon with your instructor prior to the start of a course. 

Applications for 2013 will be accepted beginning October 1 and ending on November 18, 2012.  More than 300 applicants applied for 80 positions across the six cohorts in 2012.  Competition for a scholarship is stringent.