Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Rosa Mazurett-Boyle, Ed.D.

Abstract

This paper analyzes the educational pathway for English Language Learners (ELLs) and their level of preparedness for college or careers post-secondary education. How can educators better prepare ELLs for life after high school? ELLs often face hurdles when it comes to education. Research and professional development will prepare educators on how to adapt resources and information into the school curriculum to ensure ELLs gain knowledge of career paths and educational opportunities available. Topics discussed in this paper are low academic achievement rates, low socioeconomic status, and a lack of academic guidance. Through the use of Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) I will examine the question: how to prepare and inform ELLs of career paths to become College and Career Ready (CCR)? The Professional Development (PD) aims to train and build collaboration among Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and mainstream teachers, as well as administrators and school staff in middle school and high school to deliver information. Expected outcomes include building an effective CCR program that prepares ELLs to be successful, well-rounded, contributing members of the community.

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