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 Dr. Craig Schieber
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: Doctor of Education from Seattle Pacific University. I majored in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Information Technologies.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Direct theater productions, run, read, garden.
Q: Do you teach any classes?
A: Right now I’m just doing field supervision, however in the past I’ve taught technology, curriculum, and assessment classes.
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I am fascinated by the growth process and the exchange of ideas. Joy comes in seeing and helping people realize their potential and beyond.
Q: Why do you enjoy serving students at CityU?
A: Because most of our students are non-traditional university students I am always honored to help them realize their dreams. These are courageous and strong people, most of whom are in the adult flow of life with responsibilities such as having a family, paying a mortgage, working a job, etc.
Q: What is one thing that you tell students?
A: They will get a relevant, practical education from dedicated practitioners.
Q: Any fond CityU memories that you can share?
A: My fondest memories come from times I have supervised and observed our students interning and student teaching in classrooms. Watching them learn our teacher’s art of reaching out and helping and nurturing kids’ natural curiosity is the best kind of memory.
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of attending CityU?
A: They will get a relevant, practical education from dedicated practitioners. They should be prepared and open to grow. They will come out of our program a different person. In the program we will work with them as they prepare to join a proud profession, which once they join, they wear 24 hours a day. It is a calling and a full life commitment.
Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: This is one that has been confirmed by course evaluations. The most common cause of student dissatisfaction in classes is lack of feedback from instructors on student work. That is our major focus to find ways to get student expectations and instructor performance closer together on this all-important instructional experience.
A Q&A with Maria Gross, Academic Program Director
Q: What did you study, and where did you graduate from?
A: Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Higher Education, University of Washington
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Travel, cook, read
Q: Why do you enjoy working at CityU?
A: I enjoy CityU because of its practitioner-based model through which application of concepts is foundational to education.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: I love teaching and expect and welcome them to challenge me and our education system.
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