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English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
and Bilingual/ESOL endorsements

Link to: Summer study program | Advisors

A student's words...
teacher candidate and student

"The (ESOL) program has equipped me with crucial skills that I have been able to use in my student teaching placement. I have learned so much about ELLs (English Language Learners) and how to make my students feel more comfortable in the classroom. I feel well-prepared to enter into the teaching profession and implement valuable and effective strategies. - Megan McCann

The Division of Teacher Education 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 Undergraduate / Post Bacc Program:

Undergraduate Advising Packet, Program Plan and Contract


ESOL Graduate Program:

Graduate Advising Packet, Program Plan and Contract


Important links

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 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.


2015 ESOL/Bilingual Study Abroad in Latin America
New Opportunity!

Study in Mexico

The program in Queretaro, Mexico, is designed for educators working toward endorsement in ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual. The five week program session runs late June - early August.

Apply by clicking Here today - spaces will fill fast!


For more information:
Carmen Caceda 503-838-8409





If you are a High School Senior form Central high School, Woodburn High School or any Salem-Keizer High School, then you need to click here for info!

Bilingual/ESOL Endorsement and Bilingual Teacher Initiative

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.

If you are interested in pursuing the Bilingual/ESOL Endorsement in Spanish, learn more about the Bilingual Teacher Program.

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. Click here to learn more.

Program Advisors
Students with surname A-F Students with surname G - O Students with surname P - Z

Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney
Education Room 202N

Dr. Carmen Caceda
Education Room 163

Jessica Royston-Dougherty
Education Room 159

Program Faculty:
Dr. Carmen Caceda, Associate Professor and Bilingual Teacher Initiative Coordinator
Dr. Karie Mize, Associate Professor and ESOL Program Coordinator

Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney, Professor

Mrs. Jessica Royston-Dougherty, Instructor

Bill Hamlin, Post-baccalaureate and Graduate Programs Advisor . 503-838-8704 . Education Building Room 114B


To download a copy of the Bilingual/ESOL Program flyer, click here.


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