TESOL program moves to The Teachers College


TESOL, the program that Emporia State University offers to teach English to speakers of other languages, has moved under the wing of The Teachers College. 

The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teacher Licensure program at Emporia State is the vehicle that in-service or pre-service teachers use to 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. 

In the United States, English learners are the fastest-growing segment of the student population. Accompanying that figure is the fact that about half of teachers in the field feel they are unprepared to meet the needs of the English-learning students they serve. 

“The TESOL Teacher education program reflects the mission of The Teachers College and personnel preparation unit of Emporia State University,” said Dr. Ken Weaver, dean. The unit developed a new conceptual framework titled “The Professional” with program goals, outcomes, and assessment procedures that build on our 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 teacher licensure program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the teacher education unit of Emporia State is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).