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Certification - English as Second Language

Program offered is a Certificate.

English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement is designed for the teacher who desires to work more effectively with students who are English language learners. Current educational best practices – including engaged learning, learning styles, technology integration, collegial collaboration and authentic assessment – are threaded throughout the program. This endorsement naturally and easily incorporates these best practices with interdisciplinary learning. The infusion of theory and practice with a diverse student population in mind is foundational for the curriculum.

This accelerated endorsement program is designed to be completed in less than 18 months. Candidates are required to compete 19 graduate semester hours of course work consisting of a wide range of content pertaining to English as a Second Language. The five field and practicum experiences will be in the context of K-12 schools and will be supervised by qualified ESL personnel working within the assigned school or district. Teachers interested in pursuing a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL Endorsement can do so by completing four additional courses, which include Educational Research, Applied Learning Theory, Understanding Today's Children, and Creative Project/Practicum.

ESL Courses

For ESL Endorsement only

  • Linguistics for Teachers
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
  • Assessment of the Bilingual Student
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students
  • Contemporary Issues in Educating English Language Learners

For ESL Endorsement and Master's Degree

  • Educational Research
  • Applied Learning Theory
  • Understanding Today's Children
  • Creative Project/Practicum

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