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.

Major and Licensure Requirements

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.