The ESL endorsement as a state license allows the holder to teach English as a Second Language in all public schools.  The ESL certificate program requires 15 credit hours of instruction in linguistics, language acquisition, developing literacy skills for the second language learner, methods and theory of bilingual/ESL education and the structure of American English. 

Students will take courses in: 

  • Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Developmental Literacy for ESL & Bilingual Learners
  • Methods & Theory of Teaching ESL & Bilingual Learners
  • Structure of American English

The Learning Outcomes for the program include:

  • Students will learn how to assess second language learners and teach them effectively in the aspects of language including speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Students will create, evaluate, and use English language teaching materials.
  • Students will explore how languages function historically, socially, and culturally.
  • Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure of American English.
  • Students will learn how to develop the literacy skills of the second language learner.