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Historical and Legal Foundations of Educating ESOL Students (Online)

Date: February 6 Location: Online


Courses in our ESOL Endorsement program are designed for educators holding an Oregon teaching license. The program explores the principles, theories, research, and practices relevant to the needs of students acquiring English as a second or additional language. Courses in this online cohort are offered at a reduced tuition rate.

Historical and Legal Foundations of Educating ESOL Students examines the history of trends and attitudes toward immigrants and learners of English as a second language. Topics will include the psychological, social, and political characteristics of bilingualism, and biculturalism in the United States and abroad.

ESOL teaching is considered in light of laws, research findings, and second-language acquisition theory. Students will learn the distinction between language difference and disabilities, including an overview of legal issues pertaining to second-language learners and special and gifted education students.

This course will also provide critical readings of research-based programs, English-language proficiency standards, and standardized test measures.

Following this course, educators will not only have the ability to plan and implement programs designed for the optimal learning of all students, but will also be equipped with the tools to advocate for equity in their schools and school communities.

Course Details

Dates & Times: February 6 - May 22, 2018, Online
´╗┐Instructors: Shane Burchell
Degree-applicable credit: ESOL 600, 3 semester hours, $1,803

Registration Information

If you are currently admitted to our ESOL Endorsement program, please register through WebAdvisor. If you are not yet admitted and this is the first course you will be taking in the endorsement program, you may register as a Special Student using this registration formPlease return this form to the Center for Community Engagement by secure fax at 503-768-6045 or mail to: 

Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, MSC 85, Portland, OR 97219

If you decide to continue with the ESOL Endorsement after taking one course, you must be admitted to the program prior to registering for a second course. View more information about applying to the program.

Course # Course Title Semester
ESOL 602 Focus on Culture and Community in Teaching ESOL Students Summer 2017: June 12-July 14

ESOL 607

Language Acquisition and Development

Fall 2017: Sept-Dec

ESOL 600

Historical and Legal Foundations of Educating ESOL Students

Spring 2018: Jan-May

ESOL 601

Strategies and Materials for Teaching Content and English Language Development to ESOL Students

Fall 2018: Sept-Dec

ESOL 605 or ESOL 606

ESOL Practicum (Elementary or Secondary) Spring 2019: Jan-May
Practicum note: ESOL Practicum can be completed at your school during spring 2019, or in summer 2019 within a summer school program that Lewis & Clark will match you with.


Technical Considerations for Online Courses

Students registering for online courses must meet the following technical prerequisites:

  • High speed internet

Technical support provided by Lewis & Clark College will ONLY include:

  • Access to Moodle or other instructional media used in a course.
  • Assistance in using LC supported software. A full list can be found here.

Lewis & Clark IT Help Desk hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.   |   p. 503-768-7225 e.

Lewis & Clark College is unable to provide support for issues related to configuration of software, hardware, or networking on your machine. Check with your district and/or ESD for support on these issues.