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/ Initial Teaching License and ESOL Endorsement (choose either: Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization OR Middle-Level/High School Authorization)
Total credit hours: 48
Program start date: June
Program length: 15 months
View Early Childhood/Elementary program of study
View Middle Level/High School program of study
Public schools are experiencing significant demographic shifts with sometimes dramatic increases in speakers of languages other than English. For this reason, all Lewis & Clark Master of Arts in Teaching candidates are trained to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Some aspiring educators may wish to have more extensive preparation for working with culturally and linguistically diverse 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. Students in this program benefit from the same high-level, dedicated ESOL coursework that inservice teachers get in our stand-alone endorsement 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 Initial I Teaching License:
Oregon Initial I Teaching License:
English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL)Bilingual option available (ESOLB)
|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||Tests are required both prior to admission and prior to application for Initial I Teaching License.||Tests are required both prior to admission and prior to application for Initial I Teaching License. An additional test will be required for the ESOL Endorsement.|
Talk to a Program Coordinator
Individuals interested in embedding coursework toward the ESOL/Bilingual endorsement should talk to a program coordinator, who can help you plan your course of study and complete the required paperwork to add the program.
For more information, or to make an appointment with a faculty advisor, contact Alejandra Favela, coordinator at 503-768-6109 or email@example.com. You can also contact the office of Teacher Education at 503-768-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the middle 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/
Students have the option to add the bilingual portion of the ESOL Endorsement, which is intended for native speakers of Spanish. An additional assessment is required. For details on the required test, please see the catalog.
The ESOL endorsement will be granted for teaching in the paired authorization level in which you complete your practicum (in other words, either early childhood/elementary OR middle-level/high school).
In order to earn the endorsement at BOTH paired levels (i.e., pre-K through 12th grade), you must enroll in and complete an additional practicum at the second paired level.
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 MAT 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 Early Childhood/Elementary program webpage and scroll to the bottom to find links to the program handbook, planning sheets, testing information, etc.
- Please visit the Middle-Level/High School webpage and scroll to the bottom to find links to the program handbook, planning sheets, testing information, etc.