Many adult ESL students in California rely on adult ed programs to teach them English in order to help them with their jobs and to better integrate into society. However, these programs had been threatened due to funding cuts in education following the recession in 2009.
Thus, educators were greatly relieved that Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 budget allocated $500 million for an Adult Education Bloc Grant. This will allow continued funding for K-12 adult ed programs for another year.
Since the recession, school districts could use funding formerly allocated to adult schools for any educational purpose. However, the new budget restores funding specifically for adult ed classes. In addition, many rural areas of the state did not have any funding for K-12 adult programs, but the new budget would allocate funding for the entire state.
While some former adult ed priorities such as parent education and older adult programs will no longer receive direct funding, the Governor specified that this funding should include citizenship and ESL classes, as this is a high-need, high-priority area.
Some areas such as San Mateo have been collaborating with community partners to help the area’s immigrants get the education they need to find well-paid jobs and careers.
Having such partners in the community can be a huge help to adult ESL programs. For instance, an adult ed initiative in San Mateo began in 2011 with support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and a federal Workforce Immigration grant.
This funding enables the San Mateo Adult School to tailor its programs to immigrants who need to learn conversational English to succeed in their jobs. Once the students have mastered their adult ed coursework, they can transition to higher level ESL coursework at the local community college.
The Grand Canyon University offers a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program and a B.A. in Secondary Education.
The Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL online program from the USC Rossier School of Education prepares you to teach students of all ages in the U.S. and internationally, gives you the option to pursue a teaching credential, and can be completed in 12 months.
Liberty University Offers Undergrad Cert and B.Ed. in English as a Second Language.
Capella University offers an online Master’s program in English Language Learning and Teaching designed to help educators advance their career in supporting diverse student populations. While it does not satisfy licensure requirements, the program can help you build the skills to use instructional strategies, emerging trends, and best practices to effectively teach English Language Learners and help students adapt to new cultural environments.