English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Division of Education and Leadership’s ESOL program leads to an add on endorsement or certificate for an Oregon teaching license and can be completed in three ways: by itself, or in conjunction with an undergraduate or graduate program.

Advising Packets:

ESOL Endorsement Quick Facts

Undergraduate Advising Packet, Program Plan and Contract

Graduate Advising Packet, Program Plan and Contract


Important links

Our students have rich experiences throughout WOU’s ESOL program that are worth talking about.


Announcements about testing

Candidates for the ESOL endorsement are required to pass the NES ESOL exam. Further information about the test can be found on the ESOL test registration page. A free online test preparation course is available via http://research.wou.edu/ORELA/Workshops. To register, login to Moodle using the WOU Portal and your PawPrint username and password. Select the “All Courses” link and search for ESOL NES.


Please visit the ESOL Endorsement/Certificate Page for more details about the ESOL/Bilingual pathways, and how WOU can help you succeed.


New Program!

Western Oregon University and the College of Education are excited to announce the new Bilingual Teacher Scholars Program.  The BTS Program provides a combination of scholarship and tuition assistance that is renewable for up to four years.  Recipients must maintain a strong GPA and progress toward graduation to remain eligible for participation.  Please visit the BTS page for more information on how High School Seniors in Oregon and Chemeketa Community College students can qualify for this one of a kind opportunity.


ESOL Only Program Advisors
Students with surname A-F Students with surname G-K Students with surname L-P Students with surnames Q-T Students with surnames U-Z
Dr. Joshua Schulze
RWEC 126
Dr. Carmen Caceda
RWEC 222
Dr. Jessica Dougherty
RWEC 221
Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney
RWEC 223
Dr. Kristen Pratt
RWEC 223
All ESOL Bilingual & Bilingual Teacher Scholars Students
Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney
RWEC 223