Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement


Students desiring to add an endorsement to their Oregon Teaching License can do so within the doctor or master of education program, or as a stand-alone program. Students desiring to add an authorization level only would complete the requirements below.

Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Gain experience in the understanding and teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

Professional Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Meet the federal governments "No Child Left Behind" definition of "highly qualified" in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  • Obtain the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement added to their teaching license.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement program must hold an approved bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

Applicants seeking to meet TSPC licensure requirements upon completion of the program must also complete the following:

  • Verification of valid Oregon teaching license or the equivalent, such as an expired or out-of-state license, education degree, or documented and appropriate teacher experience (applicants to the program that do not have a teaching license should submit a letter of explanation as to how the program would meet their professional goals.)
  • Completed Teachers Standards and Practices Character Questionnaire

Transfer Credit

Upon approval by the department, transfer of up to 3 hours credit is allowed toward the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement program from accredited graduate schools. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

Of the 15 hours required for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement program, a minimum of 12 hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the endorsement must be completed within seven years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Teaching and Leading (GTL) Faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement program is generally 2 years in length with 15 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. Of the total hours required for the program, 13 are in ESOL/bilingual courses and 2 hours of practica.

Other Program Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, students must complete ORELA content area exam required by Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all core courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a designated course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).

Curriculum Plan

ESOL/Bilingual Courses (13 hours)
ESOL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus 3
ESOL 571 Second Language Acquisition and Development 2
ESOL 572 Intercultural Communication in the ESOL/Bilingual Context † 2
ESOL 573 Planning and Managing ESOL/Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction 3
ESOL 574 Assessing ESOL/Bilingual Student Learning and Language Proficiency 3
ESOL Practicum (2 hours)
Students must select at least one of the following ESOL Practica *
ESOL 578 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Early Childhood/Elementary 2
ESOL 579 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Middle/High School 2

† Students who have succesfully completed a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at George Fox University are not required to take ESOL 572 for this endorsement.

* Students choose one or both of the practica depending on their interests.  Enrollment in either practicum requires successful completion of ESOL570, ESOL571, ESOL572†, ESOL573 and ESOL574.

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