- The Endorsement program is for education students pursuing a teaching certificate who would like to be prepared to work with students who are non-native speakers of English.
- ESL Endorsement/Certification program includes 5 courses with a total of 13 hours of course work, and has a 30-hour field experience component built in, with each of the 5 courses requiring 6 hours of field experience. These courses are:
ED/TSL 240 Language and Culture
ED/TSL 250 TESL Assessment and Testing
ED/TSL 340 L2 Acquisition
ED/TSL 440 Applied Linguistics And English Grammar
ED/TSL 460 TESL Methods And Materials for P-12 Teaching
The “English to Speakers of Other Languages” portion of the Praxis II exam is required after the completion of all the endorsement coursework, after which the endorsement will be granted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This is only required for education students. Students seeking the TESL/TEFL Certification do not need to take the Praxis II exam.
The endorsement program is designed for currently serving teachers and for pre-service teachers who wish to be better prepared to serve the rising LEP student population in Kentucky.
“Kentucky schools serve approximately 8,500 students whose primary language is not English, and who have been formally identified as English Language Learners (ELL). The state ELL enrollment represents a 24% increase from the previous year, and a 316.7% increase over the past ten years, one of the highest growth in the nation.” Kentucky Department of Education
ESL Endorsement Curriculum Guide
CU Praxis II Study Guide for ESL Endorsement