Total credit hours: 14 (12 hours plus a 2 hour practicum)
Program length: Full-time for part-time classes (weekend, evening, and summer)
Program start: September, January, or June.
Off-campus and online classes: Available through Continuing Education
View the current program of study in the course catalog
Faculty advisor: Erin Ocon
Beginning teachers option: If you not yet a licensed teacher, check out our MAT with ESOL Endorsement program
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 language-minority 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, on weekends, during the summer, on-line (rural areas) and, in some cases, on-site in a school district. 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 Ocon at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Current Students
ESOL Practicum Forms
- Initiating Your Inservice Practicum [online form]
- Practicum procedures (students admitted prior to June 2014)
Practicum procedures (students admitted June 2014 or after)
- ESOL Observation Form (SAMPLE)
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. email@example.com
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.