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 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


Program Description

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

Graduate Licensure Program for In-Service Teachers
Graduate Licensure Program for In-Service Teachers
Undergraduate Licensure Program for Pre-Service Teachers
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 conceptual framework titled The Professional with program goals, outcomes, and assessment procedures building on earlier program goals, outcomes and assessment procedures. 



The ESOL teacher licensure program is accredited by Kansas Department of Education and the teacher education unit of Emporia State is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 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  

Through the TESOL program, Project Estrellas, a five-year grants serving several Kansas school districts, met and exceeded all program goals by May 30, 2013. Learn more...


TESOL Teacher Licensure Program Coursework Schedule

All TESOL certification program candidates must fill out the appropriate advisement form and send it to Dr. Sehlaoui for approval. 

  • ESOL licensure for undergraduate/pre-service teachers - link xxx
  • ESOL licensure for graduate/in-service teachers - link xxx


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.