Leonard Baca, EdD
My teaching interests are in both bilingual and special education as well as in the merger of these two fields known as bilingual special education. My goal is to share the latest research and best practices for working with English language learners with or without disabilities.
Courses frequently taught:
EDUC 5425: Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Education
This course provides a comprehensive survey of bilingual-multicultural education programs for language minority students. It includes an overview of the history and legislation related to bilingual education. It also presents various models, philosophies, and theoretical underpinnings of bilingual education. In addition it discusses strategies and important considerations for teaching the English language learner with disabilities.
EDUC 5605: Research Issues in Bilingual Education
This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of disciplined inquiry including both quantitative and qualitative cultures of inquiry or research traditions. It strives to promote the scholar-practitioner model. Thus students are prepared to be better consumers of research and are prepared to conduct action research projects in their own classrooms. Studies in the field of bilingual and multicultural education are reviewed and critiqued.
EDUC 7105: Issues and Consultation in Bilingual Special Education
This course covers the fundamental issues of assessment and instruction in bilingual special education and describes effective consultation practices between the special education teacher and other educational personnel. The course utilizes cooperative learning teams to develop program and curriculum models for identifying and instructing bilingual students with disabilities.