ESL Licensure Requirements and Courses

The K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) undergraduate major is available as an initial license as well as an endorsement to an existing license. This license qualifies teachers to work with K-12 students for whom English is a second language across a range of subject areas. A prerequisite to program admissions is two years of high school level or one year of college level language instruction.

The K-12 ESL program is offered in a hybrid format with a mix of face-to-face and online instruction throughout the semester. Program courses are offered in a weekday evening* framework during the academic year and summer semester to make them accessible to working adults.

Required Non-major Courses:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • ENL 111 – Effective Writing
  • Modern language pre-requisites (2 years high school or 1 year college language)

Required Education Courses for ESL:

  • EDC 200 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting**
  • EDC 210 – Diversity in the School or EDC 110 – Teaching in a Diverse World (Freshman only)
    • and EDC 211 – Minnesota American Indians
    • ¬†or EDC 206 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EDC 310 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting*
  • EDC 410 – Learners with Special Needs**
  • ESE 325 – Creating Learning Environments **
  • EED 325 – K-6 Methods: Literacy
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience**

ESL Major Courses

  • ESL 310 – Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 320 – Introduction to Linguistics
  • ESL 330 – History and Structure of the English Language
  • ESL 340 – ESL Literacy**
  • ESL 410 – ESL Testing and Evaluation
  • ESL 420 – ESL Methods **
  • ESL 490 – Language, Culture, and Schools (Keystone requirement)
  • ESL 481, 483 – Student Teaching: Elementary
  • ESL 485, 487 – Student Teaching: Secondary
  • ESL 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

Graduation Skills

Graduation Skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.