Endorsement in English Language Learners
City University of Seattle offers an English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement for teachers in preschool through grade 12 classrooms. 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
This state-approved program is offered completely online, with a three-part internship, and typically takes 1.5 academic years to complete. 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 one of the following CityU programs:
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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 in a lead teacher or supporting role. The endorsement works well if you want to become an ELL specialist or teach in an elementary classroom with a significant non-native English speaking population.
The need for highly qualified ELL teachers is growing, so this is a great time to add an ELL endorsement to your certificate. With CityU, you can advance your teaching career on your own schedule with online classes and an experienced, responsive faculty. Start your career teaching ELL students by inquiring with CityU’s Albright School of Education advisors today.
ESL 415 Methodology: Reading (4)
This course examines literacy instructional strategies for English language learners. Topics include reading comprehension, assessment, vocabulary, and writing. Upon completion of this course, candidates have the skills to design and modify literacy instruction of P-12 ELL students.
ESL 418 Internship (4)
This course is a practicum to provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in K-12 classroom settings to complete their English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. The variable credit is to accommodate each students unique needs based on their professional growth plan. This course has two parts: a required seminar, and three different teaching experiences in K-12 classrooms; K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. Candidates are observed by a field supervisor who is an ESL or English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist for the ESL Endorsement. Candidates are required to work in a classroom specific to teaching ESL skills. Additional work may be required in a specialized program.
ESL 421 Linguistics and Language Acquisition (5)
This course is an introduction to the principles and uses of linguistics as they pertain to the teaching of English Language Learners (ELL) and the process of second language acquisition. Candidates investigate theories of language learning, evaluate language acquisition theories, and review the major factors that affect second language learning. Candidates examine ELL teaching methods and create their own theories about language learning and teaching. The focus is the nature of human language, grammatical aspects of language, psychology of language, and language in society. Candidates examine the theoretical principles, analyze their applicability, and determine how to use them effectively when teaching ELL classes.
ESL 426 ELL Methodology: Writing (3)
This course focuses on how to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) writing. ESL endorsement candidates will review the pedagogical issues in ESL writing instruction, study curriculum and syllabus design, consider how to respond appropriately to student writing, and investigate writing assessment methods.
ESL 431 History of Bi-Lingual Education and Advocacy (3)
This course is an introduction to the history of bilingual education, relevant federal education legislation, and court cases which are related to the teaching of English to students whose first language is not English. Legal cases relevant to advocacy for English Language Learners (ELL) and their families are examined.
ESL 434 Learning Strategies and Assessment (5)
Through this course students will consider the cross-cultural factors that influence second language learners and investigate what instructional practices and materials are best suited for specific situations. They will also examine topics such as cooperative learning, cross-cultural testing, peer teaching, and methods for integrating content and language.