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 Oregon endorsement in ESOL.

The program for the ESOL endorsement requires a passing score on the NES/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 specialization 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

Prerequisites: Oregon License

Course Requirements

EDST 616 Language, Power, and Education (summer - 4 weeks) 4
EDST 618 Teaching in the K–12 English Language Development (ELD) Classroom (winter - 11 weeks) 3

One of the following courses:

EDST 647 ELL Instruction Methods: Applied (spring) 4

EDST 681 Elementary Part-Time Teaching


EST 686 Secondary Part-Time Teaching

Includes 90 hours, lesson planning, university supervisor observations, and FEET evaluation






Completion Requirements and Content Testing

  1. Complete required courses and practicum work
  2. Pass NES/ORELA English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  3. Pass ESOL work sample
  4. Complete an Oregon TSPC e-licensure application