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Help Our Youth Succeed

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



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