City University of Seattle offers an English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement for teachers in preschool through grade 12. The program covers coursework and classroom experience working with children who are non-native English speakers. The program’s six courses will prepare you with the following knowledge and skills:
- the process of second language acquisition
- history and legislation of bilingual education
- designing and modifying literacy instruction
- teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) writing
- integrating content for English language learners
In Washington State, your ELL endorsement must always supplement another endorsement on your teaching certificate, which means that you can add ELL to your current endorsement/s or achieve ELL endorsement along with your full degree.
- Convenient: This 21-credit program is offered mostly online.
- Time to completion: With coursework plus a three-part internship, students typically take 1.5 academic years to complete this endorsement.
When you pass the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E ®) exam and earn your ELL endorsement on your Washington State teaching certificate, you can get right to work teaching English language learners. The need for highly qualified ELL teachers is growing, so this is a great time to add an ELL endorsement to your certificate.
Start your career teaching ELL students by speaking with an advisor today.
A Q&A with Sue Seiber, Associate Program Director
Q: What did you study, and where did you graduate from?
A: Educational Administration, Seattle Pacific University.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Garden, participate in car rally events with my husband, play with my grandchildren.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: Literacy courses in both the undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs and reading endorsement program, reading and ELL internship courses.
Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?
A: For teaching at CityU, I was at a point in my career where I wanted to give back to the education profession that has meant the world to me. Teaching is something I truly enjoy because I can share the joy that comes with helping other people learn something new that can enrich their lives.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at CityU?
A: The students at CityU select this university because it meets their needs for professional growth. It is rewarding to assist them in reaching their goals and to know the next generation of children will have excellent teachers working with and supporting their learning.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: Remember that no parent sends their child off to school every day with the admonition to go to school and be as disruptive and difficult as possible. They send them off with the highest of hopes that their child will learn something new, develop a new skill, interact and engage with friends, understand something that was formerly confusing, do something to be proud of, and return home happy. At the end of each school day, ask yourself the question how have I assisted each child to achieve those goals?
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of your classes?
A: Teaching literacy can be a life-changing experience. The impact of learning to read and write is so powerful, it is almost beyond comprehension. You will be able to have that kind of impact upon another’s life.
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: Never end a class without having provided opportunities for students to provide feedback on their learning.