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 twenty years. Research has shown that 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:

  • TS 700 Linguistics for Language Teachers (fall, spring)
  • TS 734 Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (fall, spring)
  • TS 719 Language Assessment & Evaluation (summer)
  • ED/EL 535 Cultural Awareness for Educators (fall, spring, summer)
  • TS 735 Practicum in ESOL (fall, spring)

NOTE – All courses are offered online only

Click here to access the course offerings for Spring 2014.

To get started, you must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • Be a certified teacher in the state of Kansas.
  • Apply online as non-degree seeking (unless you are also applying these credits towards the master degree in TESOL).
  • Download the graduate advisement form here.
  • Fill out and send the advisement form to Dr. Sehlaoui (asehlaou@emporia.edu) for approval.
  • Complete the 15 hours of coursework once your advisement form is approved.
  • Complete the TESOL practicum in your own classroom (if you have at least 2 ELs) or in another setting if needed.
  • Pass the Praxis ESOL Exam (Test Code 5361) with a minimum score of 138.  See http://www.ets.org/praxis/ks for more details.

The ESU TESOL Licensure for Graduates Develops:

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What ESU program completers are saying:

"I teach English at the middle school level and the strategies that I have learned have helped me become a better teacher.  I have learned to make the classroom more visual, using more posters, visuals and graphics. I have learned to help English language learners to feel more confident and comfortable with learning in my classes. I have learned to scaffold assignments and to differentiate lessons so that all learners can be successful." -- Melinda Rose

"I've been able to better communicate with my ELs' parents because I know more about the language assessments they are given and how we can help the kids reach their goals. I've also helped out colleagues who may have questions concerning their kids." -- Courtney Ewertt

To request more information, contact:

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

Office: Visser Hall 328
Phone: 620-341-5829
Email: jschneid@emporia.edu

Or visit http://www.emporia.edu/grad/information/

For advising, contact:

Dr. Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui
Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Director of MA TESOL and TESOL Teacher Licensure Programs
The Teachers College
1 Kellogg Circle (Campus Box 4037)
Emporia, KS 66801
Office: Visser Hall 346
Phone: 620-341-5237
Fax: 620-341-6237
Email: asehlaou@emporia.edu

To apply to ESU’s graduate school, visit:


For tuition & registration information, contact:

Office of Distance Education
620-341-5385 or 1-877-332-4249