At a Glance:

ESOL Endorsement

Semester hours 15
Average Completion Time 10-16 months, depending on student pacing preferences
Cost per credit $608* (financial aid available for degree seekers)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), Newberg
Priority Application Deadlines Rolling

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

Prepare to teach non-native speakers

ESOL teaching endorsement at George Fox University

This endorsement program is designed to prepare teachers to provide classroom instruction to elementary or secondary students that are non-native speakers. Classes are offered in online and face-to-face formats. The endorsement is intended as an add-on endorsement to an existing license in any endorsement area and can be completed in 1 to 2 years depending upon the number of courses taken by the student.

The endorsement can be added to an Oregon teaching license in these ways:

  • It can be a stand-alone program
  • It can be an area of specialization with the Master of Education (MEd) program. This option would require the student to complete the core requirements for the MEd.
  • It can be an area of specialization or electives within the Doctor of Education (EdD) program.
  • It can be an area of specialization or electives within the Educational Specialist (EdS) program

ESOL Endorsement Requirements

To meet the approved program for an ESOL endorsement at George Fox University, the student must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate subject matter distributed to strengthen the applicant's background in ESOL including an ESOL Practicum at two of the licensure authorization levels.

In addition to the course requirements, the candidate must also successfully complete the ORELA: ESOL Exam in order to be recommended for the endorsement. The course work for this specialty has been designed to provide a broad base of understanding about successful ESOL methods, programs and assessments, but also to prepare the individual to successfully complete the ESOL Exam.

ESOL Endorsement (15 hours)

ESOL/Bilingual Courses (13 hours)
EDFL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus (3 hours)
EDFL 571 Second Language Acquisition and Development (2 hours)
EDFL 572 Intercultural Communication in the ESOL/Bilingual Context (2 hours)
EDFL 573 Planning and Managing ESOL/Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours)
EDFL 574 Assessing ESOL/Bilingual Student Learning and Language Proficiency(3 hours)

ESOL Practicum (2 hours)
Students must select at least one of the following ESOL Practica:

EDFL 578 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Early Childhood/Elementary (2 hours)
EDFL 579 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Middle/High School (2 hours)

Students choose one or both of the practica depending on their interests. Enrollment in either practicum requires successful completion of EDFL 570, EDFL 571, EDFL 572, EDFL 573, and EDFL 574, and an application to the ESOL advisor the semester prior to the practicum. Current fingerprints and a PA-1 form are required for individuals not currently licensed and teaching in an Oregon public school.

Students can add the bilingual category to the ESOL Endorsement by showing competency in a second language approved by TSPC.

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 503-554-6027