English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certificate

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certificate is for licensed teachers in all authorization levels who want to develop instructional strategies to better accommodate students whose native language is not English.

Why add an ESOL endorsement to your teaching license? One out of every ten children in Oregon speaks a primary language other than English. This endorsement equips teachers with the awareness of the challenges students face in developing English language proficiency and prepares teachers to teach reading, writing, listening and speaking as an ELD/ESL specialist or in the mainstream classroom.

The curriculum is aligned with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commision (TSPC).

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PROGRAM FORMAT

The ESOL certificate program is 14 credits and can be completed in 9 months. Each cohort begins Fall Session 1. Coursework is completed on campus during the evening hours.

Students can also add an ESOL endorsement within their Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education program.

Objectives

Content Knowledge

  • Are knowledgeable in English grammar and syntax.
  • Demonstrate excellent reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English.
  • Apply major language teaching methods in the field of ESL/classroom and current teaching practices.
  • Apply linguistics knowledge to create lesson plans.
  • Compare historical and modern immigration patterns.
  • Understand the benefits of bilingualism.
  • Are knowledgeable in ELL education laws and policies.

 

Best Practices

  • Apply major language teaching methods in the field of ESL/classroom and current teaching practices.
  • Apply linguistics knowledge to create lesson plans.
  • Design lesson plans using ESOL teaching strategies.
  • Evaluate ELL levels and abilities and create appropriate instruction.
  • Apply strategies to help students maintain their native/heritage language.

 

Cultural Competency

  • Respect students from all cultures, languages and backgrounds.
  • Compare historical and modern immigration patterns.
  • Are knowledgeable about culture and the factors that affect it.
  • Recognize factors that affect ELL students inside and outside the classroom.
  • Understand the benefits of bilingualism.
  • Apply strategies to help students maintain their native/heritage language(s) and culture(s).

 

Applied Linguistics

  • Respect students from all cultures, languages and backgrounds.

Analyze and assess spoken English through applied linguistics.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A free application for admission.
  • Official transcripts showing completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Two disposition assessments.
  • A personal interview.
  • Applicants must hold a current teaching license.

Deadlines
Applications may be accepted on a space-available basis only.

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

2018-19 COST OF ATTENDANCE

Tuition: $660/credit

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Courses in the Program

Gainful Employment Information


Program Director: Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S.

MAT Western Oregon University

Primary Responsibilities:

Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs

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