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ESOL Endorsement

Director: Abby Lane, abby@uoregon.edu Department: Education Studies, College of Education

Degrees: Endorsement

Location: Lokey Education Building, Eugene, OR 97403  

English Learners/Emerging Bilinguals face linguistic and cultural barriers when acquiring context knowledge in a mainstream classroom. The add-on endorsement in ESOL prepares educators to serve emerging bilingual students in a variety of settings. In addition, this endorsement equips teachers with the awareness of the challenges students face in developing English language proficiency and content simultaneously, and how effective use of culturally relevant materials and teaching strategies can counteract this challenge.

The Education Studies department is committed to increasing the number of teachers with these vital skills. We have several paths for K-12 teachers to gain the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement.

If you are a currently licensed teacher in the state of Oregon, you can add the ESOL endorsement in two ways.  It can be added as a stand-alone endorsement or incorporated into the Curriculum and Teacher Education master’s degree.  With an ESOL endorsement and a demonstrated fluency in a second language, you can earn an ESOL endorsement/Bilingual specialization.

If you are not yet a licensed teacher and interested in ESOL, the endorsement is included in our initial licensure and master's degree program, UOTeach.

If you are interested in teaching English outside the United States or to adults or a degree specifically in TESOL, please see the Language Teaching Specialization master’s program offered by the Linguistics department. The College of Education does not offer any stand-alone degrees in ESOL.

Licensed teachers who complete the ESOL program will have demonstrated the following:

  • Proficiency in planning, delivery, and assessment of English language development instruction 
  • Knowledge of effective inclusive language development program models 
  • Ability to serve as a resource to classroom teachers to ensure a student's successful transition from an English Language Development program to mainstream classrooms
  • Ability to serve as an advocate for Emerging Bilinguals that supports equity and access in educational settings.

The program for the ESOL endorsement requires satisfactory completion of 19 credits, including four courses and a practicum. This endorsement allows licensed teachers to become ESOL specialists. Students who have completed an ESOL endorsement and are proficient in another language may add the bilingual specialization by passing the appropriate Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments–National Evaluation Series language test. No course work is necessary for the bilingual specialization endorsement.

ESOL Endorsement Handbook