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English Language Learners (English as a Foreign Language) Teaching Certificate
College of Education
- Offered as:
The English language learners certificate is offered as an add-on endorsement; it can be earned concurrently with a standard teaching certificate or added to an already completed teaching certificate.
To teach English as a second language (ESL), you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and a primary teaching endorsement in any area (for instance, elementary education, English, music, Spanish, etc.), as well as the College of Education's English language learners core coursework.
- Requirements and core courses
To be eligible to earn the English language learners add-on endorsement, you need to meet these requirements:
- Major in a program linked to your primary endorsement area (this could be elementary education, English, or any other program in which WSU offers a teaching certificate).
- Be admitted to the teacher education program and begin taking the core requirements for one of the University's primary endorsement certificates.
Students must complete either the elementary or secondary education professional core requirements, as well as the English language learners core.
See the teacher education page for a list of teaching certificates and core requirements.
Core courses for the English language learners add-on can be taken together with courses for the primary endorsement area.
English language learners core
Introduction to ESL
Communicating in Diverse Classrooms
Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education
Curriculum and Assessment for Bilingual/ESL Education
Methods and Materials of Bilingual/ESL Education
One or more of the following:
Intro to Linguistics
Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
Language and Cultural Factors in Content Areas
Adv. Study in Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Instructional Media Production
Adv. Study in Linguistics for Educators
Teaching Foreign Languages in Elementary School
Linguistics for Educators
Seminar in Language, Literacy, and Culture
Science for All: An Individual and Multicultural Perspective
Multicultural Education in a Global Society
NOTE: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For education students
The College of Education distributes funds from 13 endowed scholarships to approximately 100 teacher preparation students every semester. Some of the scholarships with multiple recipients include the College of Education Alumni Association Scholarship, the Louise H. Meyer Scholarship, the Don and Julia Lee Scholarship, and the Claude Simpson and Peggy Simpson Yates Scholarship.
For more information about these scholarships, call the College of Education at 509-335-7843 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all students at WSU
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Campus organizations and activities
The Educators Club is a pre-professional organization run by education students for education students. The club is affiliated with the Student Washington Education Association (SWEA), which serves as the student program of the Washington Education Association and the National Education Association. All future teachers are invited to join and participate in club activities. More information is available here.
To see what teachers currently earn in Washington, see the
state K-12 salary schedule (PDF).