Sep 23, 2023  
2019-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Add-On Licensure Program in ESL

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In preparation for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in grades K-12, the ESL Add-on Licensure candidate must demonstrate the competencies necessary for certification and professional development prior to exiting.

By the completion of the program, candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • skills in selecting, adapting, and analyzing materials appropriate for ESL teaching and effective strategies for using these materials in curriculum development
  • knowledge of current trends in the teaching of ESL and mastery skills in the use of a variety of effective methods/strategies for teaching at various levels in this area and skills in the effective use of technology in the teaching of ESL
  • competence in the use of a variety of diagnostic testing, evaluation, and test development procedures
  • knowledge of linguistic theory, including the structure of language and the principles of language acquisition, language development and language learning
  • understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity; understanding of the interrelationships involving language, culture, and society and the implications of those interrelationships for ESL teaching
  • ability to evaluate the effectiveness of various methodologies while thinking critically and conducting research /case studies within the context of ESL
  • professional attitude toward the teaching of ESL through study and investigation of current research reflecting the state of the art

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed non-degree seeking application
  2. Two official copies of transcripts from each college or university attended
  3. Coy of current teaching license
  4. Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references
  5. Non-native speakers of English and applicants coming from non-Anglophone countries
    must submit official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    and either the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or its institutional equivalent-the SPEAK test. 

Course of Study


* Candidates must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken for the licensure.

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