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One of the biggest hurdles for foreign students is becoming fluent in the English language. Make the transition easier for these students, so they can focus on achieving a quality education. City University of Seattle offers the English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement for teachers in P-12. Upon completion of this six-course program, you’ll be prepared to better support young students whose first language is not English.

This program is available mostly online and can be completed in one and a half academic years.

City University of Seattle offers an English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement for P-12 teachers. The program covers coursework and classroom experiences working with children who are non-native English speakers.

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.

This six-course, 21-credit program is offered mostly online to accommodate your current schedule. With coursework plus a three-part internship, students typically take one and a half academic years to complete this endorsement.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the ESL endorsement program, you’ll learn:

  • The process of second language acquisition
  • The history and legislation of bilingual education
  • How to design and modify literacy instruction
  • How to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) writing
  • How to integrate content for English language learners

Total Required Credits (18 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

ESL 421 Linguistics and Language Acquisition (5)

ESL 434 Learning Strategies and Assessment (5)

ESL 415 Methodology: Reading and Writing (4)

ESL 431 History of Bi-Lingual Education and Advocacy (3)

Internship: Taken after all coursework is passed **must be taken regardless of background 

EDU 337 Practicum** (1)

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 P-12 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.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

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Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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