According to the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky’s P-12 student population speaks more than 94 different languages. UofL’s online ESL Endorsement is designed for certified teachers in Kentucky who want to be better equipped to teach English to the growing number of K-12 students whose first language is not English.
The ESL endorsement is a 12 credit hour graduate program structured in four courses and is offered both 100% online and in the more traditional face to face format. The curriculum focuses on ESL strategies that are research-based and recognized by experts as best practices in all P-12 teaching environments, including teaching English in an international context.
Requirements for earning an endorsement include completing two semesters of a foreign language (or a qualifying international language experience), 30 hours of ESL field experience, and passing the ESOL Praxis examination. Upon successful completion of these qualifications, the P-12 ESL Endorsement will be attached onto the initial Kentucky teaching certification.
“The English Language Learner student population is on the rise,” says Dr. Elizabeth Patton, ESL program director at the University of Louisville. “The ESL Endorsement at the University of Louisville provides specialized training for P-12 classroom teachers that is highly valued by both principals and administrators alike. Our completers consistently score in the 90% for the ESOL Praxis exam, which is a testimony to the rigorous preparation that our program provides.”
“While the program is designed for certified P-12 teachers, this is also a popular program of study for seminarians, language tutors, and other candidates wanting high-quality preparation for teaching English as private tutors and in preparation for teaching English as an International Language overseas.” added Dr. Patton.
Courses are offered every semester and admissions is on a rolling basis. For more details on admission requirements and deadlines, visit the program site.