Teaching ESL Licensure

Those seeking licensure to teach ESL need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. 

Teaching Licensure - Teaching ESL

Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 22

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Those seeking a K-12 endorsement in teaching ESL must have full admission to the Teacher Education Program or be a licensed teacher before applying to this specialized program.


Core Courses16
Required Courses
Core Options
Elective Courses6
Total Hours22

Core Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 16 total credits required.

Required Courses

Note: LING 495 must be completed for 3 credits.

Complete all of the following courses:
LING 470Linguistic Analysis3
LING 471Phonetics and Phonology3
LING 472Generative Syntax3
LING 480Tchg Engl as For Lang3
LING 495ESL Practicum1
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Core Options

Complete one of the following courses:
LING 477Bilingualism3
or LING 478 Learner Language
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Courses

Note: LING 477 or LING 478 may be taken as an Elective if not taken as a Required Course.

Complete all of the following courses:6
Language and Culture
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­ESL, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department