English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

The ESOL endorsement program provides Oregon-licensed teachers with a combination of theory and practice for effective instruction that supports students’ English language development.

Successful completion of the program allows licensed teachers to qualify for an endorsement in ESOL.

The program for the ESOL endorsement requires a passing score on the ORELA: English for Speakers of Other Languages and the satisfactory completion of 18 credits, including four courses and a practicum.

Additionally, teachers who have completed an ESOL endorsement and are proficient in another language may add the bilingual endorsement to their license by passing the appropriate Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments–the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Adding this to a license is done directly through Oregon’s licensing body, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. No coursework is necessary for the bilingual endorsement.

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ESOL Endorsement Coursework Requirements — Total Credits: 18

Course Requirements

EDST 616 Language, Power, and Education (summer - 4 weeks)4
LT 629 Foundations in Language (summer - 8 weeks)4

EDST 618 Teaching in the K–12 English Language Development (ELD) Classroom (summer)


One of the following courses:

  • EDST 646 English Learner in the Elementary Classroom (winter)
  • EDST 626 English Language Learners in Math/Science Classroom (fall)
  • EDST 638 English Language Learners in the Humanities (fall)
EST 609 Supervised Practicum (90 hours). Pass/NP
  • All placements are arranged for by the program.
  • Observe, assist, participate, and prep. Teach a two-week work sample in English Language Development unit (8 lessons)
  • Schedule two lesson observations with your university supervisor
  • A final conference to complete the PGA at the end of the term

Completion Requirements

  1. Complete required courses and practicum work
  2. Pass ORELA/NES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  3. Pass ESOL work sample
  4. Pass teacher evaluation