ESOL Endorsement

Program details

Total credit hours: 14 (12 semester hours plus a 2 hour practicum)
Program length:
 1 - 2 years of part-time study
Program start:
September, January, or June.
 the current program of study in the course catalog
Inservice Program Director: Erin Ocón
Beginning teachers’ option: If you are not yet a licensed teacher, check out our MAT with ESOL Endorsement program.

Click here for off-campus and online classes

There is still time to join us for the Spring Semester (January - April)! ESOL courses will begin the week of January 10, 2022. Applications are still being accepted.



Designed for educators who hold an Oregon teaching license, this program is a 14-semester-hour course of study exploring the principles, theories, research, and practice relevant to the needs of students acquiring English as a second language. (If you do not yet hold a teaching license, see our MAT with ESOL Endorsement program.) Candidates join colleagues and Lewis & Clark faculty to engage in small classes for dialogue, study, and field experiences that engage the full range of issues involved in teaching emerging bilingual students.

This program has changed the way I teach. I am now more aware of my students’ individual needs. I use a variety of teaching strategies throughout the school day, and I have a greater focus on their home lives. Program alumna K-12 teacher

Endorsement coursework may also be applied to the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree.

Graduates of Lewis & Clark’s ESOL Endorsement Program enter schools prepared to:

  • Support the English language development of students through content and literature studies with an emphasis on direct language instruction.
  • Develop and adapt content-specific curriculum for diverse classroom populations.
  • Employ innovative teaching methodologies and strategies that respond to student needs in the mainstream classroom and beyond.
  • Utilize assessment principles effectively.
  • Partner with families to build strong ties between school and the diverse racial, cultural, and linguistic communities it serves.
  • Lead their school community in establishing collaborative learning environments that support high levels of success for all students.

What to Expect

Lewis & Clark’s ESOL Endorsement Program is designed for the unique needs of practicing professionals. Coursework is offered in the evenings and summer in an online format, and, in some cases, on-site in a school district, utilizing a hybrid format (meeting in-person every other week). Classes are small and emphasize individual attention as well as the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with fellow teachers and school leaders. All program components are tailored to give participants the opportunity to grapple with issues involving diversity, educational equity, and English-language learning.

Applying to the Program

You can find admissions requirement information and an online application at the Graduate Admissions Office website.

Individuals interested in obtaining the ESOL endorsement and/or M.Ed. degree may enroll for up to 6 semester hours of coursework prior to formal admission to the program. Educators taking courses for professional development who do not intend to complete the program may register with Special Student status for each class without formal admission to the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

Talk to a Faculty Advisor

 For more information or to make an appointment with a faculty advisor contact Erin Ocón at

Interested in Bringing a Cohort to your School District? 

Our program can hold virtual and/or in-person info sessions for teachers interested in the ESOL endorsement in your school district. If there are enough interested teachers, we can hold classes in your school district for reduced tuition. Please contact eocon@lclark and if you are interested in learning more. 

For Current Students

ESOL Practicum Forms 
Finished your program?

Adding the Optional Bilingual Specialization to your Oregon license (effective January 1, 2016) :

The optional Bilingual specialization indicates that an Oregon-licensed educator has met the oral proficiency interview (OPI) assessment standards by a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) OPI tester. (Specializations are optional and are not required to teach in the specialization area indicated on the license.)

Contact the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for details about adding the Bilingual specialization.

Wish to continue your Inservice studies?

Students currently enrolled in an Inservice degree or endorsement program who would like to continue their Inservice studies in another endorsement program may be eligible for an abbreviated application process. Please complete the form below.

Inservice Request to Add Program Application