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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

Methodology: Reading (4)

This course examines literacy instructional strategies for English language learners. Topics include reading assessment, vocabulary, and comprehension. Upon completion of this course, candidates have the skills to design and modify reading instruction for P-12 ELL students. Prerequisite: Per program plan, plan of study, or approval of program director.

ESL 418

Internship (4)

This capstone course for the ELL endorsement is designed as a practicum for ELL instruction with P-12 students. The practicum includes intervention work with ELL students P-12, vocabulary, fluency, reading and writing instruction, and assessment. Upon completion of this course, candidates have completed the requirements for teacher certification endorsement in ELL in the State of Washington. Prerequisite: Pass state required endorsement test(s) and prior departmental approval.

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 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. Prerequisite: Per program plan, plan of study, or approval of program director.

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. Prerequisite: Per program plan, plan of study, or approval of program director.

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

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.