ESL Endorsement

Mission Statement

The mission of the TESL Endorsement/Certificate program is to prepare students for work with ESL learners, either in the United States or abroad. Particular attention is paid to preparing teachers for Kentucky standards of teaching ELL students in the public school systems of the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the undergraduate endorsement program.

ESL Endorsement

  • 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.
  • TESL Endorsement/Certification program includes 5 courses with a total of 15 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.

  • Both the endorsement and certificate programs are offered entirely online. 
  • 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

Study Abroad Opportunities - the Belize Program

The TSL 460 Materials and Methods course is offered each May in an intensive study and work program in Belize.  Through this study abroad experience, students will be able to put into practice the information gained from their coursework as they work in an English-language summer camp for P-12 aged students in the city of Belmopan.  This "hands-on" experience allows students to fulfill their 30-hour practicum requirement while completing required coursework and learning about a new culture!

For more information about the ESL Endorsement program, contact Maryann Matheny at 270-789-5034 or