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ESOL
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Bilingual/ESOL Endorsements
Preparing teachers to ensure the success of English language learners
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Designed for:

Provides K-12 ESOL and Bilingual ESOL credential for licensed Oregon teachers.

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree (Note: students may also obtain the endorsement at the undergraduate level, in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree)
  • Valid Oregon teaching License or
  • Working towards license through a Master of Arts in Teaching program

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • 1 year or less
  • 21 credits, which includes the completion of a 3 credit practicum

Begin your ESOL Endorsement program:

Next term

Where you will take classes:

  • On campus- all classes meet once per week from 5-8pm
  • Online/distance fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • School District Cohorts

Licensing required:

Must hold a valid Oregon teaching license or be working towards your Master of Arts in Teaching license.

Where this endorsement can take you:

  • Become a K-12 ELD/ESOL specialist
  • Better serve the needs of English language learners  within any classroom context
  • For those that receive the Bilingual/ESOL endorsement, become a dual language and/or bilingual educator.

What you will learn:

This program prepares teachers to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students in mainstream, sheltered, bilingual, and English Language Development (ELD) classrooms.

Learning outcomes:

  • Prepare teachers to understand how first and second languages are acquired and developed, and apply research-based teaching and assessment practices that address the needs of English language learners in a variety of school settings.
  • Prepare teachers to foster a classroom climate that is inclusive in all diversity, and understand the influence of culture on students’ learning process and academic achievement.
  • Prepare teachers who are knowledgeable about policies related to the education of English language learners, and who collaborate with colleagues, administrators and families to meet their learners’ needs.

Bilingual Teacher Initiative:

The Bilingual Teacher Initiative recruits, retains and recognizes bilingual students in teacher preparation programs at WOU. A variety of support services and opportunities are offered students pursuing the Bilingual/ESOL Endorsement, who are known as Bilingual Fellows. Learn more.


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