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ESL License

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“The teaching skill from Augsburg’s Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program that I acquired and apply continuously is how to think more critically about my pedagogy.  The MAE program has deepen my analysis on the “what” and the ‘how’ I will explicitly and implicitly teach my students; who is affected, and the role society plays in educating our future.”

Emily Crook, Secondary Education

K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) License

The K-12 English as a Second Language license 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. The K-12 ESL licensure program is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate courses; up to seven of the graduate courses can apply to the completion of the MAE degree. Graduate-level licensure coursework (500 and above) is available to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and have been admitted to the MAE program. A pre-requisite 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 which means that courses are a mix of face to face and online instruction. Classes are offered during the academic year in the evening semester framework and during summer session to make them accessible to working adults. This license is also offered as an undergraduate major to Augsburg Undergraduate (AU) students seeking a baccalaureate degree.


Offered at Minneapolis and Rochester.


The following requirements are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level. All courses must be taken for licensure, and up to seven also may be taken at the graduate level and applied toward the master’s degree in education.

  • EDC 200/522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting*
  • EDC 206/566 – Diversity/MN American Indians
  • EDC 310/533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting*
  • EDC 410/544 – Learners with Special Needs*
  • EED 325/525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy*
  • ESE 325/525 – Creating Learning Environments*
  • ESL 330/510 – History and Structure of the English Language
  • ESL 340/520 – ESL Literacy*
  • ESL 490/530 – Language, Culture, and Schools
  • ESL 420/540 – ESL Methods*
  • EDC 591 – Topics

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience (taken concurrently with EED 325/525)
  • ESL 310 – Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 320 – Introduction to Linguistics
  • ESL 410 – ESL Testing and Evaluation
  • ESL 481, 483 – Student Teaching: Elementary
  • ESL 485, 487 – Student Teaching: Secondary
  • ESL 488 – TPA and Student Teaching Seminar

*This course has a 20 hour field experience attached to it.