Summer Studies


Lewis & Clark offers ESOL/Bilingual Education and Reading endorsement programs in a summer studies format. Over the course of two summer semesters, licensed educators may conduct graduate coursework with nationally recognized faculty who teach Lewis & Clark graduate classes during the academic year. Endorsement coursework is degree applicable and may be pursued in conjunction with an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading) or M.Ed. with Special Education Endorsement degree. Summer studies coursework is offered in four to six-week blocks of full-time study to accommodate the schedules of out-of-town and out-of-state participants. Our classes are small and emphasize individual attention as well as the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with fellow teachers and faculty. Out-of-town participants may stay in Lewis & Clark residence halls and eat at campus facilities.

ESOL/Bilingual Education Endorsement

Participants of this program learn how to support students acquiring English as a second or additional language through content and literature studies with an emphasis on direct language instruction. Students 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; and lead their school community in establishing collaborative learning environments that support high levels of success for all students.

Language and Literacy Endorsement

This program’s coursework builds on the belief that language, in all its richness of form and function, is the foundation from which effective literacy evolves. The program takes an integrated and holistic approach to the teaching of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students and teachers develop flexible strategies to support the reader’s construction of meaning from text. Adopting the stance of teacher researchers, students and faculty explore different issues in the teaching of reading and writing. What is literacy? How much does your own literacy affect our language arts instruction? What are the politics of literacy? What can we learn from current research in thought, language, reading, and writing?

Some course requirements may be waived with adviser approval based upon individual candidate’s professional experience. One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter hours.

Summer Schedule and Course Registration

Summer semester course schedules can be checked online. Lewis & Clark summer courses are offered in three sessions. Students enrolled in summer studies M.Ed. and endorsement programs typically take coursework offered in summer sessions II & III.

Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education summer semester schedule is available on the Academic Calendar.


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the depth and breadth of their academic background, the strength of their recommendations, the quality of their teaching experience, written essays, and the results of standardized tests and/or a portfolio. Program participants may take up to 8 semester hours of courses prior to being accepted into the program. Educators taking courses for professional development who do not intend to complete the program may register for classes without formal admission to Lewis & Clark.

To schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor or for more specific guidelines on admission, including testing, portfolio requirements, and applications deadlines, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

A Sense of Place

Lewis & Clark College is located six miles from lively downtown Portland in a woodland residential setting that joins a former rural estate and former convent. This heritage makes the campus an ideal place for quiet reflection and rich creative practice. The campus has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, lush forests, a beautiful library, and many paths and places for creative work and study. Portland offers museums, the contemplative Japanese and Chinese gardens, extraordinary bookstores, and other cultural resources. The Oregon coast, the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains, other natural wonders and easy excursions from Portland.


Participants may stay in Lewis & Clark College residence halls and eat at College facilities. Please visit Residence Life for detailed information. If you prefer to stay in a nearby hotel, please visit for a lodging list or call 768-6200.