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Continuing Education

Legal and Historical Foundations of Educating ESOL Students

Date: September 3, 2019 Location: Online


Our ESOL endorsement coursework explores the principles, theories, research, and practices relevant to the needs of students acquiring English as a second or additional language. Program components are tailored to give participants the opportunity to engage with issues involving diversity, educational equity, and English-language learning. Courses in this online cohort are offered at a reduced tuition rate.

Endorsement Coursework Information

Wondering how you can benefit from earning an ESOL Endorsement, or what to expect while in the cohort? Learn more

Upcoming Course in Cohort Sequence

ESOL 600 Legal and Historical Foundations of Educating ESOL Students (Fall 2019) This course will examine 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. Content will examine the distinction between language difference and disabilities and provides an overview of legal issues pertaining to second-language learners and special and gifted education students. Additionally, this course will provide critical reading of research-based programs, English-language proficiency standards, and standardized test measures. This course helps to ensure that educators are not only able to plan and implement programs designed for the optimal learning of all students, but also gives them the tools to advocate for equity in their schools and school communities.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: September 3 - December 10, 2019
Location: Online
Instructor: Shane Burchell
Degree-applicable credit: ESOL 600, 3 semester hours, $1,863. 
Registration: If you are admitted to our ESOL Endorsement program, register for this class using WebAdvisor. If you are not yet admitted to the program, contact to register.

Questions about the curriculum or program application? Please contact Erin Ocon at

Course # Course Title Semester
ESOL 600 Historical & Legal Foundations of Educating ESOL Students Fall 2019
ESOL 607/READ 634 Language Acquisition and Development Spring 2020
ESOL 601 Strategies & Materials for Teaching Content and English Language Development to ESOL Students Fall 2020
ESOL 605/606 ESOL Practicum Spring or Summer 2021


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. 

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