TESOL Graduate Licensure Program Information


For additional questions, contact:


Dr. Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui, Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Director of MA TESOL and TESOL Licensure Programs
IDT-TESOL Department
The Teachers College
Campus Box 4037
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

(620) 341-5237



For more information, contact:


Janet Schneider, Senior Administrative Assistant
IDT-TESOL Department
The Teachers College
Campus Box 4037
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

(620) 341-5829



For tuition and registration information, contact:


Office of Distance Education
(620) 341-5385 or 1-877-332-4249
ESU Distance Education web site



To apply to Emporia State's graduate school, visit:




Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate (In-Service) Licensure

Why TESOL for Graduates?

The need for ESOL-licensed teachers both in Kansas and nationwide continues to grow. In Kansas, the number of English Learners (ELs) has increased almost 3,000% in the last 20 years. Research shows there is almost always an achievement gap in math and reading between English Learners and Native-English Speaking peers. This gap tends to increase over time, not decrease. Research points to teacher preparedness in the area of ESOL as one of the best ways teachers can combat the achievement gap and support the English Learners in their classrooms. As the number of ELs continues to grow, it is likely that you will have one of these students in your classroom. How will you prepare yourself to meet their needs?


A Licensure in TESOL will:

  • Enhance your ability to teach students whose primary language is not English.
  • Make you a more marketable professional with experience in a hard-to-fill area.
  • Give you instructional strategies that benefit all students (not just English Learners).
  • Benefit both elementary and secondary education content area teachers.
  • Allow you to become a leader in your school.


The coursework includes (all courses are only offered online):

Semester Course Number Course Title Credit Hrs
Fall / Spring TS 700 Linguistics for Language Teachers 3 hrs
Fall / Spring TS 734 Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language 3 hrs
Summer TS 719 Language Assessment & Evaluation 3 hrs
Fall / Spring / Summer ED/EL 535 Cultural Awareness for Educators 3 hrs
Fall / Spring TS 735 Practicum in Teaching as a Second/Foreign Language 3 hrs