TESOL Undergraduate Licensure Program Information


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 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 tuition and registration information, contact:


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



Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Undergraduate (Pre-Service) Licensure

Why TESOL for Undergraduates?

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


Undergraduate (Pre-Service) Licensure Program Requirements

  • junior class status with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • download the undergraduate advisement form
  • fill out and send the advisement form to program advisor Dr. Sehlaoui for approval
  • complete the 15 total hours of coursework once your advisement form is approved
  • complete the TESOL practicum during your regular student teaching
  • pass the Praxis ESOL Exam (Test Code 5361) with a minimum score of 138. Learn more...