Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement (TESL)


This program leads to a state endorsement in English as a Second Language at the early childhood, elementary, or secondary level. The program may be taken as an undergraduate minor or as part of the Master of Education (MED) program.

Admission to the Program

Undergraduate students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (as outlined in the Education/Teacher Education Programs section of this catalog) prior to enrolling in any TESL course. Students who already have a baccalaureate degree and a teaching certificate must be admitted to the Master of Education program.

English as a Second Language Endorsement Program Requirements

(1) Admission to the Elementary, Special Education, or Secondary teacher preparation programs, or
(2) admission to the Master of Education program with a basic/standard teaching certificate.

Completion of the following courses for endorsement (may be taken at the undergraduate level numbered in the 300s or graduate level numbered in the 600s).

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the TESL Endorsement program:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement (TESL) 18
TESL 320/MED 620 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
TESL 321/MED 621 Foundations of ESOL Instruction (3)
TESL 322/MED 622 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
TESL 323/MED 623 Instructional Methods for English Learners (3) TESL 321, 322
TESL 324/MED 624 Content Area Instruction for English Learners (3) TESL 323
TESL 325/MED 625 Assessment for English Learners 3 (3) TESL 323
II. Foreign Language Requirement 4
All undergraduate students must complete four credit hours of a foreign language. See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

Recommended Plan of Study

  *The program plan below is a sample plan for students wishing to complete an accelerated 3-year program.  Please contact the Undergraduate Program Director for a plan tailored to your specific needs and interests*

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1
TESL 322 TESL 321
TESL 323
Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer Year 2
TESL 320 TESL 324
TESL 325
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