Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Charles C. Warfield

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The development of a second language proposal for Decatur, Michigan, Public Schools, was undertaken as a result of an established board goal for the 1985-86 school year. Chairing the committee which investigated the possibility of implementing such a program was undertaken to fulfill the requirements of a Specialist in Education degree through the Department of Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University.

The committee met on a weekly basis to study and develop the proposal by completing the following tasks: (a) identify and visit schools within the state implementing such programs; (b) research the effects of immersion language programs; (c) survey the teaching staff and parents of the district; and (d) develop a budget, time lines for implementation and job descriptions.

The results of the findings were presented in the form of a proposal to the board of education for their consideration. After a month of informal sessions with the committee they approved the project for the 1986-87 school year.