ESOL Licensure Admission Requirements

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ALL candidates in the ESOL licensure program MUST fill out an advisement form. Fill out the form and send it to Dr. Sehlaoui ( Please notice what classes are offered, when, and whether they have a pre-requisite. Once your coursework plan is approved you can enroll in classes by calling the Office of Distance Education at 1-877-332-4249 or by emailing You also visit their website at

Basic Requirements for completing coursework towards an ESOL Licensure

As an assessment admission requirement, graduate candidates must be licensed and undergraduate candidates must be seeking a license to teach in elementary or secondary public schools in the state of Kansas. The ESOL teacher education program requirements are a part of the unit plan for performance assessment of undergraduate and graduate candidates at ESU's Teachers College.

To be admitted to the ESOL licensure program, undergraduate candidates must be at junior level and must have a 2.5 or higher GPA (with no more than one “D”) in content courses. Graduate candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, have a valid teaching certificate in the state of Kansas, and are required to maintain a B average or GPA of 3.0 throughout the program as outlined by ESU's Unit plan for assessment requirements.

Notification of specific ESL requirements is done by the candidate's advisor and is reinforced during subsequent advising sessions with the TESOL teacher education advisor, Dr. Sehlaoui. An advisement form is used for this purpose. Candidates are advised into an appropriate beginning sequence of courses that is intended to lead to a successful experience. Usually candidates have been advised to differentiate between ESOL as a concentration area and ESOL as an area of licensure/certification. Following declaration of ESOL as an area of licensure by candidates, the director of the TESOL Teacher Education Programs maintains a list of such candidates. Students are made aware of program requirements from the beginning and their progress is monitored to ensure that they complete their program in a timely and accurate manner.

Upon completion of the program coursework, ALL candidates MUST take the Kansas State Department of Education standardized test for ESOL teachers if they are seeking a licensure or certification in this field. The required test is the Praxis II ESOL Content Test Code 5362.  You must earn a minimum score of 149 to pass.  Please remember to list "Emporia State University" as one of your score recipients when you sign up for the test.  You may want to check with the Office of Field Placement and Licensure at 620-341-5447 or visit for further information. You can also download information about this test from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) at