This program is carefully aligned with EPSB requirements and includes field experiences with P-12 students in school districts with ELL students. The program also focuses on a variety of strategies used in KY with LEP students, including sheltered English and immersion.
“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
This endorsement can be taken as part of a teacher’s MAE, as an Advanced Level certification, or as an ‘add-on’ endorsement. The program includes 5 courses with a total of 15 hours of course work that will be conveniently offered on a semester basis.
These courses are:
- TSL 510 Language and Culture
- TSL 640 Second Language Acquisition
- TSL 650 ESL/EFL Assessment
- TSL 660 Materials and Methods I: Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation
- TSL 661 Materials and Methods II: Reading, Writing, and Grammar
The program has a 30-hour field experience component built in, with each of the 5 courses requiring 6 hours of field experience.
The “English to Speakers of Other Languages” Praxis II Exam is required after completion of all endorsement coursework, after which the endorsement will be granted by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and added to the teacher certification.