The ESOL endorsement program is for licensed teachers who teach or who would like to teach English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). Designed for educators with full-time teaching loads, the five courses (including a field-based practicum) are offered in the evening, online, and during the summer. You do not have to be proficient in a second language to teach ESOL.
The program provides a strong foundation related to language acquisition, as well as linguistic structures and their functions. This foundation is enhanced by an understanding of the relationships between language and culture, as well as an awareness of and sensitivity to cultural issues. The history, growth, and current status of ESOL form a significant portion of the program, which also offers a strong foundation in effective teaching strategies and methodology. The practicum requirement provides a practical and experiential base to enhance the learning of students from Hispanic, Native American, and other language backgrounds.
The ESOL program is designed for licensed teachers who teach or would like to teach English to speakers of other languages.
The ESOL program is 20 credits. Courses are offered online during the school year and face to face in the summers. The Praxis exam for ESOL must be passed in order to obtain the endorsement recommendation.
The final course in the ESOL program is the Practicum/Portfolio course. This course allows students to apply the skills and knowledge learned throughout the program.