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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.

Program Details

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 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
License/authorization levels

Oregon Initial I Teaching License:

Early childhood grade  level + elementary grade level, multiple subjects

OR

Middle level + high school grades, single subject

Oregon Initial I Teaching License:

Early childhood grade  level + elementary grade level, multiple subjects

OR

Middle level + high school grades, single subject

Endorsement None

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).

Practicum/internship
 

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.

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 afavela@lclark.edu. You can also contact the office of Teacher Education at 503-768-6100 or lcteach@lclark.edu.

For detailed information on working toward the ESOL endorsement in your M.A.T. program, please read the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

 For Current Students

Early Childhood/Elementary

Middle-Level/High School

  • 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.