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ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement

The Division of Education and Leadership offers endorsements in ESOL and Bilingual/ESOL. The program leads to an add-on endorsement to an Oregon teaching license and can be completed in three ways: by itself, or in conjunction with an undergraduate program or graduate program.


ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement

Requirements for the Bilingual/ESOL endorsement are the same as the ESOL endorsement except that to be endorsed as Bilingual/ESOL a candidate must show language proficiency by completing at least 6 credits upper division foreign language coursework (i.e., 300 level or above) or by passing the TSPC- approved exam. For Spanish Language, the required exam is the Spanish NES (National Evaluation Series) exam. Further information about the test can be found on the Spanish test registration page. Additional Requirements:

  • Students seeking ECE or Elementary authorizations: For Spanish language, complete the practicum in a bilingual classroom.
  • Students seeking Middle or High School authorizations: For those seeking an endorsement in a foreign language (e.g. to teach Spanish language), there will be no additional requirements. All others (e.g. those seeking endorsements in Language Arts, Math, etc.) must perform a teaching demonstration in the foreign language in front of a panel of experts.

A variety of support services, opportunities and special recognition are to offered students pursuing the Bilingual/ESOL Endorsement, who are known as Bilingual Fellows:

  • All WOU students have access to free study sessions for the Basic Skills Test, Multiple Subjects Content test (for Early Childhood Education and Elementary/Middle School Teachers only), and the ESOL Test.
  • Each bilingual fellow is eligible for up to $400 in reimbursements for teacher preparation tests.  Reimbursement requests may be submitted to Darla Campbell in Education between October 1st and April 1st of each year.
  • Annual Bilingual Fellows Event where you’ll meet bilingual teachers and administrators, learn about the university, community and educational organizations that support bilingual education, and enjoy authentic Mexican food.
  • At Commencement, graduates receive a special stole for the distinction of being a Bilingual Fellow.

Bilingual Teacher Initiative

The Bilingual Teacher Initiative recruits, retains and recognizes bilingual students in teacher preparation programs at WOU.  Local schools are constantly seeking teachers who speak Spanish in order to:

  • Use Spanish as a bridge to English and academic success
  • Foster parental involvement and communication
  • Work with newcomers
  • Deliver content in two language for dual language classrooms.

Bilingual Teacher Scholars

Since it has been challenging to prepare bilingual teacher candidates, WOU has looked for options to recruit them. We have partnered with three school districts (Salem-Keizer S.D., Woodburn S.D. and Hillsboro S.D.) that have a diverse student population. Thus, during the fall term of 2015, we welcomed 40 Bilingual Teacher Scholars to our university. This cohort is positioned to make an impact at university and state level (see an article about the Bilingual Teacher Scholars).


ESOL Only Program Advisors
Students with surname A-F Students with surname G-M Students with surname N-T Students with surnames U-Z
Dr. Joshua Schulze
RWEC 221
Dr. Carmen Caceda
RWEC 222
Ms.Jessica Dougherty
RWEC 126
Ms.Teresa Tolento
RWEC 261
All ESOL Bilingual & Bilingual Teacher Scholars Students
Dr. Carmen Caceda
Education Room 163


Division of Education and Leadership

(503) 838-8471 | or e-mail: education@wou.edu  | Location: RWEC 120