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ESL Licensure

English as a Second Language (ESL) Licensure is offered through both the undergraduate and graduate education programs. Graduate students and early childhood education and elementary education undergraduate majors can add PreK–6 Licensure; graduate students, including 3+1 middle/secondary school education students can add Grade 5–12 Licensure..

When you teach ESL, your impact extends beyond the classroom and into the lives of students learning English as a second or third language. An ESL concentration allows you to hone specific skills for teaching young English language learners, and enables you to earn a second license—meaning you could graduate with two majors and two licenses in the time that most college students are earning a single degree. This makes a Gordon-trained teacher a valuable asset to employers right away.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ESL (PRE K–6) LICENSURE

In addition to completing graduate coursework or the Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education undergraduate major requirements, the following courses are required for the concentration leading to licensure as an early childhood or elementary teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) PreK–6:

EDU 300 Theories of Language Acquisition
EDU 301 Methods of Second Language Teaching with field experience
EDU 303 Teaching English as a Second Language Using Sheltered English
EDU 400 Teaching English as a Second Language Practicum

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ESL (5–12) LICENSURE

In addition to completing graduate coursework, including 3+1 middle/secondary school education, the following courses are required for the concentration leading to licensure as a middle school or secondary teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) 5–12:

EDU 300 Theories of Language Acquisition
EDU 301 Methods of Second Language Teaching
EDU 303 Teaching English as a Second Language Using Sheltered English
EDU 345 Introduction to Teaching Reading
EDU 352 Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
EDU 400 Teaching English as a Second Language Practicum