TESOL Licensure Program

Program Description

The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teacher Licensure program at ESU is designed to provide a means whereby in-service or pre-service teachers may obtain Kansas State ESOL licensure. The courses making up the endorsement curricula provide skills needed to ensure effective special English language and content instruction to English Learners.

Click to learn more about the graduate licensure program for in-service teachers.

Click to learn more about the undergraduate licensure program for pre-service teachers.


The TESOL Teacher education program reflects the mission of The Teachers College and personnel preparation unit of Emporia State University.  The unit developed a new conceptual framework titled “The Professional” with program goals, outcomes, and assessment procedures that build on earlier program goals, outcomes and assessment procedures.  This new conceptual framework captures the continuing philosophy that for educators to help all students learn, they must have a command of content, critical ideas and skills, and the capacity to reflect on, evaluate, and learn from their practice so that it continually improves.  The unit embraces the idea that while successful professionals can be highly effective in different ways, common proficiencies draw on shared understanding of how to foster student learning.  

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The ESOL teacher licensure program is accredited by KSDE and the teacher education unit of ESU is accredited by NCATE.  The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Licensure Level and Subject: The program is designed to prepare English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) teachers for Early Childhood through Late Adolescence/Adulthood grades Pre-K-12.

Program Level: The ESOL program provide a means whereby in-service or pre-service teachers (graduate and undergraduate) may obtain a Kansas State license in this area.

Program Type: ESOL is also an advanced level program because candidates must already hold a teaching license to be eligible to enroll in the program. 

Federal Grant Projects  

TESOL Teacher Licensure Program Coursework Schedule

Program Director: Dr. Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui, Contact Information: asehlaou@emporia.edu

NOTE: All TESOL certification program candidates must fill out the appropriate advisement form below and send it to the above email for approval.  For more detailed information regarding ESOL licensure for undergraduate/pre-service teachers, click here.  For more detailed information regarding ESOL licensure for graduate/in-service teachers, click here.

Advisement Forms

Pre-service Undergraduate

In-service Graduate

Job Opportunities

TESOL Teacher Education Standards

Standard #1: The teacher ESOL understands the contributions of general and applied linguistics to second-language education, including the understanding of the sound system, forms, structures, and the lexicon of English.

Standard #2: The teacher of ESOL understands the fundamentals, similarities, and differences of first- and second-language acquisition.

Standard #3: The teacher of ESOL acknowledges the diverse, historical tapestry of cultures that make up the United States and the role language plays in the development of cultural identities.

Standard #4: The teacher of ESOL effectively communicates with students parents, and members of various cultural groups in the community.

Standard #5: The teacher of ESOL understands the importance of using language in socially and culturally appropriate ways by developing communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing, and representing visually across the curriculum.

Standard #6: The teacher of ESOL understands and uses formal and informal first-and second-language assessment techniques to evaluate the progress of English language learners, including knowledge and use of assessment tools to determine program placement, exit criteria, and participation in state assessments.

Standard #7: The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a broad range of methodologies to provide academic learning experiences for English language learners, understands and uses strategies that encourage full participation of English language learners in the school environment, and understands the foundations of second-language instruction.

Standard #8: The teacher of ESOL demonstrates a high level of proficiency in English commensurate with the role of an instructional model.

Standard #9: The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a variety of methods and techniques suitable for second-language instruction for English language learners with special needs, including the ability to adapt existing materials in collaboration with teachers of students with exceptionalities to meet the needs of all English language learners.

Standard #10: The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a broad range of literacy methodologies, programs, and assessment tools for English language learners and acknowledges the important role of family literacy in second language acquisition.

For more information:

For tuition cost and registration, visit the Office of Distance Education website or call 620-341-5385.

In-service graduate teachers can learn more by contacting the ESU Graduate Office.

Both in-service and pre-service teachers can learn more by contacting Ms. Janet Scheider:

Ms. Janet Schneider
Senior Administrative Assistant
IDT-TESOL Department
Teachers College
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle (Campus Box 4037)
Emporia, KS 66801
Office: Visser Hall 328
Phone: 620-341-5829