ESOL Endorsement for Preservice Students
Possessing an ESOL endorsement early in your teaching career can provide a significant benefit to you as you seek jobs and prepare to work with diverse students and families in schools.
Degree title: Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Preliminary Teaching License and ESOL Endorsement
Total credit hours: 48
Program start date: June
Program length: 15 months
View ESOL endorsement-only program
The M.A.T. with ESOL Endorsement program allows beginning teachers to earn an ESOL endorsement alongside your M.A.T. degree in a one-year program. With this option, you take fewer credits than if you pursued the ESOL Endorsement as a standalone program after completing your M.A.T. degree (48 total credits, instead of 52). The cost of the ESOL endorsement can be covered by the same financial aid package that covers your M.A.T. degree.
You will complete the practicum for the ESOL endorsement during the regular school year, in the same building where you do your main student teaching— meaning you will have your endorsement in hand in time for fall hiring and you will build strong connections in the school community where you are placed.
Below is a chart that shows how the M.A.T. with ESOL Endorsement program compares with the M.A.T. only program.
|M.A.T.||M.A.T. with ESOL Endorsment|
|Degree||Master of Arts in Teaching||Master of Arts in Teaching|
Oregon Preliminary Teaching License
Oregon Preliminary Teaching License
ORSecondary, single subject
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
|Credits||40 semester hours, full time only||48 semester hours, full time only|
|Student teaching school site||
No placement restrictions. You will be placed in a school in the Portland Metro area.
Placed in a school in the Portland Metro area with high percentage of English language learners (ELL).
The entire school year (nine months) is generally spent with one classroom of students.
Additional student teaching experience with students in other classrooms is also provided.
A separate ESOL practicum experience is required, which will occur in the same school as your regular placement.
|Length of program||12-13 months. Program ends June or July.||14 months. Program ends in August.|
Tests and Performance Assessement
||Tests are required prior to application for Preliminary Teaching License. A performance assessment (edTPA) is also required.||Tests are required prior to application for Preliminary Teaching License. An additional test will be required for the ESOL Endorsement. A performance assessment (edTPA) is also required.|
Talk to a Faculty Program Director
For more information or to make an appointment with a faculty advisor, contact Alejandra Favela, ESOL faculty program director, at 503-768-6109 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the office of Teacher Education at 503-768-6100 or email@example.com.
For detailed information on working toward the ESOL endorsement in your M.A.T. program, please read the FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer an alternative program for non-traditional students, i.e., long-distance via internet, low-residency, etc.?We offer selected ESOL courses through distance education formats
You are eligible to apply to the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) for the ESOL Endorsement once you have successfully completed all program requirements including the required coursework, the ESOL practicum, and required tests. For most students in the MAT with ESOL program, this will be in late August of your second summer, as you finish your MAT program. Instructions for how to begin the application process are available at: http://www.lclark.edu/graduate/career_and_licensing/k-12/licenses_endorsements/TSPC_for_teachers/
Effective January 1, 2016, all Oregon TSPC-licensed educators will be eligible to add an optional bilingual specialization to their license. Contact TSPC for details.
The ESOL endorsement will be issued by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for grades PK-12.
When do I complete the ESOL practicum? How is it different from the regular student teaching experience?The only difference in student teaching for students in the M.A.T. with ESOL program is that students will be required to complete 45 (rather than 75) hours in the second-level classroom. Students will then also complete an ESOL practicum in the building.
Yes. Up-to-date test requirements are listed in the ESOL Endorsement program of study in the academic catalog.
Yes. You can decide to opt out of the ESOL Endorsement at any point during the program by completing a change of program form, which you can obtain from the graduate Admissions office. If you opt out, you will be moved to the regular 40-semester-hour MAT program. Your transcript will reflect any additional ESOL courses you have taken up to that point. You can choose to complete a standalone ESOL Endorsement at a later point, and will be able to apply any required ESOL coursework you have already taken. You can stay in your current placement or follow your MAT program handbook procedure for a change of placement.
Yes, financial aid is available for any degree program. For details, see the Financial Aid website.
Can I switch into the MAT with ESOL Endorsement program after I have started the regular MAT program?No. If you are not admitted to the MAT with ESOL Endorsement program before starting coursework, you cannot switch in. However, you will still be able to add an ESOL Endorsement separately if you wish (see ESOL Endorsement Track II program of study in the course catalog).
What are the major differences between the regular MAT program and the MAT with ESOL Endorsement program?The MAT with ESOL Endorsement program requires 8 additional semester hours of coursework in ESOL topics. All students in MAT programs take four semester hours of ESOL coursework. Those pursuing the ESOL Endorsement take two additional classes during the first summer (ESOL 507/607) and the second summer (ESOL 500/600), as well as an ESOL practicum (ESOL 605) which is taken during the fall and spring semesters simultaneously with the regular student teaching field experience.
For Current Students
- Please visit the Elementary—Multiple Subjects program webpage and scroll to the bottom to find links to the program handbook, planning sheets, testing information, etc.
- Please visit the Secondary program webpage and scroll to the bottom to find links to the program handbook, planning sheets, testing information, etc.