English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certificate is for licensed teachers in all authorization levels who want to develop instructional strategies to better accommodate students whose native language is not English.

Why add an ESOL endorsement to your teaching license? One out of every ten children in Oregon speaks a primary language other than English. This endorsement equips teachers with the awareness of the challenges students face in developing English language proficiency and prepares teachers to teach reading, writing, listening, and speaking as an ELD/ESL specialist or in the mainstream classroom.

The curriculum is aligned with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Program Format

The ESOL certificate program is 14 credits and can be completed in 9 months. Each cohort begins Fall Session 1. Coursework is completed on campus during the evening hours.

Students can also add an ESOL endorsement within their Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education program.


Content Knowledge

Are knowledgeable in English grammar and syntax.

Demonstrate excellent reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English.

Apply major language teaching methods in the field of ESL/classroom and current teaching practices.

Apply linguistics knowledge to create lesson plans.

Compare historical and modern immigration patterns.

Understand the benefits of bilingualism.

Are knowledgeable in ELL education laws and policies.

Best Practices

Apply major language teaching methods in the field of ESL/classroom and current teaching practices.

Apply linguistics knowledge to create lesson plans.

Design lesson plans using ESOL teaching strategies.

Evaluate ELL levels and abilities and create appropriate instruction.

Apply strategies to help students maintain their native/heritage language.

Cultural Competency

Respect students from all cultures, languages and backgrounds.

Compare historical and modern immigration patterns.

Are knowledgeable about culture and the factors that affect it.

Recognize factors that affect ELL students inside and outside the classroom.

Understand the benefits of bilingualism.

Apply strategies to help students maintain their native/heritage language(s) and culture(s).

Applied Linguistics

Respect students from all cultures, languages, and backgrounds.

Analyze and assess spoken English through applied linguistics.

Admission Requirements

  1. A free application for admission
  2. Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. A statement of purpose 2-3 pages double spaced that clearly indicates career history, professional goals, and professional guiding principles
  4. Current resume
  5. One letter of recommendation that specifically addresses the academic ability, work performance and character of the applicant
  6. Two disposition assessments
  7. A personal interview with the admissions committee
  8. Applicants must hold a current teaching license


Applications may be accepted until August 1 but are admitted on a space-available basis only.

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Courses in the Program

Requirements for ESOL Certificate (14 credits)

Introduction to Comparative Linguistics

An introduction to the fields of phonetics, phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and foreign cultures. This course is foundational to all other courses in linguistics.

ESOL Theory and Methods

A foundation course of the ESOL program, it focuses on theory and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages. A study is made of major language acquisition approaches and techniques in teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Off-campus fieldwork is a strong component of this course.

English Grammar and Syntax

Students in this course will study the syntax of English, focusing on the structure of the language, linguistic analysis, stylistics, and usage. A basic knowledge of critical language functions are explored with a view to improvement in grammar and style in writing and applying this knowledge to the teaching of English, either for second-language learners or K-12 students.

ESOL Teaching Oral and Literate Skills

This course helps students develop ESOL materials and prepare lesson plans, providing practice teaching opportunities. A second component examines and puts into practice reading and writing teaching methods for non-native speakers and assessment processes for language skills. A third focuses on teaching of oral/aural English. Current techniques and resources are used to formulate materials and lessons in teaching oral and listening skills. Focus is on speech patterns, pronunciation analysis, and corrective measures toward oral English improvement.

ESOL Practicum

In this school-based practicum, the student will work closely with an ESOL-certified teacher and create a minor work sample with supervised support. Students will use a variety of research-based educational practices that reflect how students learn and that are sensitive to individual differences and diverse cultures. This practicum may be waived if the student is able to fit ESOL placement into their practicum or student teaching experience.