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Portfolio Requirements

You are working toward an important milestone in your career as a professional.  The completion of your degree requires the submission of a professional portfolio.  The portfolio includes many elements related to your current or future job search and also represents some of your important accomplishments throughout your program.
Every program’s portfolio consists of the following elements:

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples
  • Part C: Concentration Application
  • Part D: The Practicum Experience

Please note that portfolio elements do differ based upon the program and concentration; therefore, be sure to follow your program’s specific requirements.
Portfolios are prepared in your Practicum or Internship experience course.  Consult your specific program/concentration for the course.

TESOL Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Description
Each student is required to provide a Summative Concentration Portfolio. The elements of the portfolio for this practicum course include the following key elements:

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents
    • CV/Resume—A Curriculum Vitae including relevant teaching experiences and coursework
    • Professional Reference List—This should include the names, professional titles, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least 5 professional references (you may not include family members)
    • Statement of (Teaching or Administrative) Philosophy—This should include reference to theory, practice, and plans for future professional development (no more than 1,000 words)
    • Final Professional Development Plan –This is a document that includes information on your current and future plans as a professional and focuses on areas for growth over your program and beyond.
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples
    • Review of Published Materials – A review of second or foreign language teaching/learning materials (for example, book, video-tape, software, web-based materials, task-based materials and so on). This should include a brief outline of the material and an evaluative component which refers to both theory and practice (no more than 1,250 words)
    • One sample manuscripts that provides a research synthesis (such as a Literature Review and an Action Research report) of at least 5 pages in length
  • Part C: Concentration Application: 
    • Lesson Plans­—This should include a series of lesson plans for (at least) 300 minutes of instruction.  The population for whom the plan is intended should be described and all materials should be attached.  (The population description and the plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Assessment Instrument—This should include at least one example of a formative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area and at least one example of a summative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area.
  • Part D: The Practicum Experience
    • Practicum Reflective Logs
    • Materials and pedagogical rationales
    • Teaching demonstration materials (lesson plan[s], videos, materials, etc.
    • Time logs (include all practicum/internship hours)
    • Practicum Learning Agreement
    • One 5-10 page manuscript that provides a summary of the Internship experience, including your lesson plans, explaining design choices, and evaluation of the plans’ implementation and any proposed modifications to the plans.  Think about what went well, what did not go as planned, how you might do things differently if you have a chance to teach the same activity again, and what have you learned overall from this experience.

Graduate Certificate in TESOL Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Description
Each student is required to provide a Summative Concentration Portfolio. The elements of the portfolio for this practicum course include the following key elements:

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents
    • CV/Resume—A Curriculum Vitae including relevant teaching experiences and coursework
    • Professional Reference List—This should include the names, professional titles, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least 5 professional references (you may not include family members)
    • Statement of (Teaching or Administrative) Philosophy—This should include reference to theory, practice, and plans for future professional development (no more than 1,000 words)
    • Final Professional Development Plan –This is a document that includes information on your current and future plans as a professional and focuses on areas for growth over your program and beyond.
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples
    • Review of Published Materials – A review of second or foreign language teaching/learning materials (for example, book, video-tape, software, web-based materials, task-based materials and so on). This should include a brief outline of the material and an evaluative component which refers to both theory and practice (no more than 1,250 words)
    • One sample manuscripts that provides a research synthesis (such as a Literature Review and an Action Research report) of at least 5 pages in length
  • Part C: Concentration Application: 
    • Lesson Plans­—This should include a series of lesson plans for (at least) 300 minutes of instruction.  The population for whom the plan is intended should be described and all materials should be attached.  (The population description and the plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Assessment Instrument—This should include at least one example of a formative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area and at least one example of a summative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area.
  • Part D: The Practicum Experience
    • Practicum Reflective Logs
    • Materials and pedagogical rationales
    • Teaching demonstration materials (lesson plan[s], videos, materials, etc.
    • Time logs (include all practicum/internship hours)
    • Practicum Learning Agreement
    • One 5-10 page manuscript that provides a summary of the Internship experience, including your lesson plans, explaining design choices, and evaluation of the plans’ implementation and any proposed modifications to the plans.  Think about what went well, what did not go as planned, how you might do things differently if you have a chance to teach the same activity again, and what have you learned overall from this experience.

MS in Applied Linguistics Portfolio Requirements

Please note that each concentration in the MS in APLX program has slightly different requirements for the concentration application; therefore, please consult the specific concentration for the requirements:

Portfolio Description
Each student is required to provide a Summative Concentration Portfolio.  The elements of the portfolio for this internship course include the following key elements:

Multilingual Education Portfolio

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents
    • CV/Resume—A Curriculum Vitae including relevant teaching experiences and coursework
    • Professional Reference List—This should include the names, professional titles, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least 5 professional references (you may not include family members)
    • Statement of (Teaching or Administrative) Philosophy—This should include reference to theory, practice, and plans for future professional development (no more than 1,000 words)
    • Final Professional Development Plan –This is a document that includes information on your current and future plans as a professional and focuses on areas for growth over your program and beyond.
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples
    • Two 5-page manuscripts that provides a research synthesis (such as a Literature Review and an Action Research report)
  • Part C: Concentration Application: 
    • Classroom Management Plan—This should include a plan for establishing and maintaining an orderly and effective classroom environment through classroom rules and procedures for a variety of situations in a classroom appropriate for your specific content area (The plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Lesson Plans­—This should include a series of lesson plans for (at least) 300 minutes of instruction.  The population for whom the plan is intended should be described and all materials should be attached.  (The population description and the plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Assessment—This should include at least one example of a formative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area and at least one example of a summative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area.
  • Part D: The Internship Experience
    • Practicum Reflective Logs
    • Materials and pedagogical rationales
    • Teaching demonstration materials (lesson plan[s], videos, materials, etc.
    • Time logs (include all practicum/internship hours)
    • Practicum Learning Agreement
    • One 5-10 page manuscript that provides a summary of the Internship experience, including your lesson plans, explaining design choices, and evaluation of the plans’ implementation and any proposed modifications to the plans.  Think about what went well, what did not go as planned, how you might do things differently if you have a chance to teach the same activity again, and what have you learned overall from this experience.

Program Management

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents
    • CV/Resume—A Curriculum Vitae including relevant teaching experiences and coursework
    • Professional Reference List—This should include the names, professional titles, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least 5 professional references (you may not include family members)
    • Statement of (Teaching or Administrative) Philosophy—This should include reference to theory, practice, and plans for future professional development (no more than 1,000 words)
    • Final Professional Development Plan –This is a document that includes information on your current and future plans as a professional and focuses on areas for growth over your program and beyond.
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples
    • Two 5-page manuscripts that provides a research synthesis (such as a Literature Review and an Action Research report)
  • Part C: Concentration Application: 
    • Devise a needs assessment— This should include artifacts including, identification of key stakeholders, a brief history of the organization and its current mission, desired inputs/outputs and expected/desired results, interview or focus group questions (addressing the needs of all key stakeholders including at least teachers, students, and administrators), program artifacts/resources/data that would be needed to assess the needs of a program, an implementation plan including data collection procedures strategies for maintaining ethical conduct throughout the process, and any internal or external governing body requirements (examples: accreditation commissions, departments of education, School-specific requirements, etc.).   (The assessment plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Implement an Evaluation of a program—Implement the needs assessment elements above and provide suggestions for improvement including any existing gaps, strengths, and/or weaknesses.  Your recommendations should be based upon your research and interactions with key stakeholders.  (The implementation description should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Summarize the findings— This should provide a narrative and summary for how the assessments were created, and how the evaluation process unfolded.   Your summary should include information on how your suggestions could be implemented and/or areas still left to be explored.  This summary should be approached as if it were a proposal to a school or program administrator. 
  • Part D: The Internship Experience
    • Practicum Reflective Logs
    • Materials and pedagogical rationales
    • Teaching demonstration materials (lesson plan[s], videos, materials, etc.
    • Time logs (include all practicum/internship hours)
    • Practicum Learning Agreement
    • One 5-10 page manuscript that provides a summary of the Internship experience, including your lesson plans, explaining design choices, and evaluation of the plans’ implementation and any proposed modifications to the plans.  Think about what went well, what did not go as planned, how you might do things differently if you have a chance to teach the same activity again, and what have you learned overall from this experience.

Educational Technology

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents
    • CV/Resume—A Curriculum Vitae including relevant teaching experiences and coursework
    • Professional Reference List—This should include the names, professional titles, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least 5 professional references (you may not include family members)
    • Statement of (Teaching or Administrative) Philosophy—This should include reference to theory, practice, and plans for future professional development (no more than 1,000 words)
    • Final Professional Development Plan –This is a document that includes information on your current and future plans as a professional and focuses on areas for growth over your program and beyond.
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples
    • Two 5-page manuscripts that provides a research synthesis (such as a Literature Review and an Action Research report)
  • Part C: Concentration Application: 
    • Devise and implement a needs assessment—This should include an evaluation of the needs of a specific set of students for an existing program to include a full description of participants, an evaluation of the needs of the students (including their current level of knowledge/skills, previous experience, etc.), and suggestions for how the school could address the needs of this student population.  This should be done in consultation with the school administration, teachers, and a sample of current students through interviews and synthesis of information provided by these key stakeholders.  (The assessment should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Design an Online Course—Create a plan for how a fully online course would address the areas identified in the needs assessment.  The course should include a plan for fully developing the course including the specific content to be covered and development of weekly learning objectives, textbooks and resources that would be used, a completed course development planner, assessments to be used, a syllabus, and a sample of videos or other resources for use in the class.  This plan should be approached as if it were a proposal to a school or program administrator.  (The plan, excluding the course development planner, should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Create a strategic plan for implementation and/or improvement of online learning for a program —This plan should be a summary of how you would tie your needs assessment to the online course that you developed or the evaluation of an existing course.  A clear framework for incorporation of the needs of the stakeholders and the design of the course should be evident.
  • Part D: The Internship Experience
    • Practicum Reflective Logs
    • Materials and pedagogical rationales
    • Teaching demonstration materials (lesson plan[s], videos, materials, etc.
    • Time logs (include all practicum/internship hours)
    • Practicum Learning Agreement
    • One 5-10 page manuscript that provides a summary of the Internship experience, including your lesson plans, explaining design choices, and evaluation of the plans’ implementation and any proposed modifications to the plans.  Think about what went well, what did not go as planned, how you might do things differently if you have a chance to teach the same activity again, and what have you learned overall from this experience.

Master of Education Portfolio Requirements

Please note that each concentration is expected to prepare content related to the specific content area explored during the program.  Therefore, your specific concentration dictates the kind and type of assignments that will count toward your portfolio.

Portfolio Description

Each student is required to provide a Summative Concentration Portfolio.  The elements of the portfolio for this practicum course include the following key elements:

  • Part A: Career Preparation Documents: 
    • CV/Resume—A Curriculum Vitae including relevant teaching experiences and coursework
    • Professional Reference List—This should include the names, professional titles, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least 5 professional references (you may not include family members)
    • Statement of Teaching Philosophy—This should include reference to theory, practice, and plans for future professional development (no more than 1,000 words)
    • Final Professional Development Plan –This is a document that includes information on your current and future plans as a professional and focuses on areas for growth over your program and beyond.
  • Part B: Two Writing Samples: 
    • Two separate 5-page manuscripts that provide a research synthesis (such as a Literature Review and an Action Research report)
  • Part C: Concentration Application: 
    • Classroom Management Plan—This should include a plan for establishing and maintaining an orderly and effective classroom environment through classroom rules and procedures for a variety of situations in a classroom appropriate for your specific content area (The plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Lesson Plans­—This should include a series of lesson plans for (at least) 300 minutes of instruction.  The population for whom the plan is intended should be described and all materials should be attached.  (The population description and the plan should not exceed 2,500 words.)
    • Assessment—This should include at least one example of a formative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area and at least one example of a summative assessment that you have created and could implement in your specific content area.
  • Part D: The Practicum Experience: 
    • Practicum Reflective Logs
    • Materials and pedagogical rationales
    • Teaching demonstration materials (lesson plan[s], videos, materials, etc.
    • Time logs (include all practicum/internship hours)
    • Practicum Learning Agreement
    • One 5-10 page manuscript that provides a summary of the practicum experience, including your lesson plans, explaining design choices, and evaluation of the plans’ implementation and any proposed modifications to the plans.  Think about what went well, what did not go as planned, how you might do things differently if you have a chance to teach the same activity again, and what have you learned overall from this experience.