Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Scholarship Available Now

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The Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Scholarship is an annually awarded national scholarship that was established to support a student pursuing a master’s degree in education who embodies a spirit of commitment to furthering opportunities for all students. The inaugural scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, a passionate teacher and education leader who championed education reform throughout the United States before joining ETS, where she served as Vice President of Student and Teacher Assessments.

Scholarship Award: $15,000

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Any master’s student who:

  • is enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program in education during the 2022-2023 academic school year

  • demonstrates leadership abilities and commitment to community service

  • demonstrates financial need

  • is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped 1-551

How To Apply:

To apply for the scholarship, you must provide:

  • a one-page statement outlining your financial need

  • the official transcript for your most recently completed academic term; this should include your Fall 2022 grades and cumulative GPA

  • two recommendation letters (one should be from a school advisor)

  • two original essays answering the following questions (maximum of 500 words per question): What is the most pressing issue facing education today, and what should future teachers and education leaders know to address this challenge? Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, why you should be awarded the Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Scholarship and how this scholarship will help you support underserved communities.

  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2023
  • Winner Notified: May 15, 2023

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Spring 2023 Career Fairs

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Are you interested in learning what career opportunities await you after graduation? Looking to make connections with potential employers in your field? Take a moment to scroll through the several Career Fairs taking place at Mason this Spring, some specifically for CEHD students! 

Spring 2023 Career Fair

Mason’s Spring Career Fair is Wednesday, February 22 & Thursday, February 23, and this is your opportunity to meet with employers, connect with alumni, find opportunities, and plan for the future! More than 200 employers will be taking over the entire lower level of the Johnson Center for two days in search of Mason talent to fill full-time positions, part-time jobs, and internships. To help you get ready, University Career Services is hosting two days of Resume Clinic and a Prepare for the Fair Workshop before the big event. Get all the details here!

2023 Education Recruitment Day

Education Recruitment Day will be in Dewberry Hall at the Johnson Center on Wednesday, March 8. There are already 72 employers planning to be on-campus for the day to connect with CEHD students. If you are interested in teaching, counseling, social work, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or related fields, do not miss this hiring event from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Mark your calendar and put in your leave request from work that day. Employers will be conducting interviews in the afternoon with jobseekers identified at the fair in the morning, so it is possible to have a job offer by the end of the day!

2023 Career Jam
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Are you a Sports, Recreation, and Tourism Management (SRTM), Kinesiology or Communication student looking for potential career or internship opportunities? Stop by the 2023 Career Jam on Tuesday, March 7 from 3 to 6 pm in Dewberry Hall! This is the perfect occasion to find potential internship and job opportunities with top employers in our industries. This event is designed to help you network, explore opportunities within the field, and get a chance to meet with employers who are looking to hire you. You don’t want to miss it! 

Please use this link to RSVP by February 28 at 5 pm. We hope to see you there! 

This event is in collaboration with the School of Sports, Recreation, and Tourism Management (SRTM), the School of Kinesiology (SOK), the Department of Communication, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 


TESOL Acronyms With Dr. Shin

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ELL, EL, LEP, ESOL, TESOL, ESL, EFL, EAL, EIL. . . keeping up with the latest terms in education can feel like learning a new language! Dr. Joan Shin, Professor of Education at Mason and Director of Mason’s Global Online Teacher Education Center (GOTEC), has published a video to help students understand some of these commonly used acronyms. Watch this video by Dr. Shin or continue reading to learn more about what each of these terms really means and how to distinguish between them!

What does ELL stand for?

ELL –  English Language Learner is the term that I hear people using the most often these days – especially my students, who are all preparing to become ESOL teachers. This is a good way to describe our students who are learning English as a second or additional language. However, it isn’t the most current way to refer to them!

What is the most current way to refer to students who are learning English as a second or additional language?

EL – English Learner is the most updated term to use! This is what is being used now by the US Department of Education and you will start to see this more often. When we are talking or writing about our students who are learning English as a second or additional language, we want to try to use this term now.

Are there any other terms that refer to students who are learning English as a second or additional language?

LEP – Limited English Proficient is the old way to refer to our students who are learning English in our schools. This term is not currently used, as we don’t want to describe our students as “limited.” I only mention it because you may still see this on school documents or old articles. Always try to use EL – English Learner to refer to our students!

What are the terms that refer to teaching EL students?

ESOL –  English to Speakers of Other Languages is a popular term because it doesn’t exclude students who are multilingual – maybe they’re learning English as a third or fourth language. This is a common term in schools, and is also used in our program!

Are there any other terms that refer to teaching EL students?

TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a term used to describe our field of study – you might be studying how to teach ESOL. You might also see TESOL to refer to a teacher association, in which case it stands for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and TESOL International Association is a great place to learn more about how to teach your English Learners. 

What is the difference between ESL and EFL?

ESL – English as a Second Language is used in the context where English is commonly spoken, like here in the United States, so we usually think about students studying it as a second language.

EFL – English as a Foreign Language is when English is being taught in a context where English is not commonly spoken. For example, in South Korea or Brazil oftentimes we describe students as learning English as a Foreign Language.

When you see these two terms in articles or in information about programs, now you know the difference – it depends on where you are learning English! 

Are there any other terms I should know?

EAL – English as an Additional Language is often used nowadays instead of ESL – English as a Second Language. As previously mentioned, we have many students who are studying English, but it’s not their second language. Students who come from countries where people are multilingual might prefer to be described as learning English as an Additional Language.

EIL – English as an International Language might be used in place of EFL – English as a Foreign Language. This distinction emphasizes the status of English as a global language. People are learning English all over the world in order to communicate as a kind of as a “lingua franca.” It is this recognition that it isn’t necessarily a foreign language for people around the world – they’re learning this as an international language.

I’m interested in learning more about Mason’s TESOL and Foreign Language Education Programs. Where should I start?

Learn more about Mason’s Academic Programs related to Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages Here.