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TESOL Programs Undergraduate Endorsement

Undergraduate Endorsement (Grades PreK-12)

The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teacher Endorsement program at Emporia State is designed to provide pre-service teachers TESOL endorsement 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.

An Endorsement 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


Why TESOL for Undergraduates?

The need for ESOL-endorsed 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 20 years.

Research shows 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 TESOL 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?


TS 600 Linguistics for Language Teachers 3 hrs
TS 534 Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language 3 hrs
TS 519 Language Assessment & Evaluation 3 hrs
ED/EL 535 Cultural Awareness for Educators 3 hrs
TS 535 Practicum in Teaching as a Second/Foreign Language 3 hrs

Possible course sequence scenarios include:

Scenario #1 -
Take TS 519 during the summer, TS 600 and ED 535 in the fall followed by TS 532 in the spring. The TESOL practicum (TS 735) can be completed the following semester or during your regular student teaching.

Scenario #2 -
Take TS 600 in the fall, TS 532 in the spring, and TS 519 and EL 535 in the summer. The TESOL practicum (TS 735) can be completed either in the fall or spring the following year during your regular student teaching.

Scenario #3
Take EL 535 during the summer, TS 600 in the fall, TS 532 in the spring, and TS 519 the following summer. The TESOL practicum (TS 735) can be completed either in the fall or spring the following year during your regular student teaching.

Admission Requirements

To get started on your TESOL Undergraduate Endorsement, you must:

  • be a teacher candidate for teaching in elementary or secondary public schools in the state of Kansas
  • be a junior with at least a 2.5 GPA with no more than one D in content courses
  • download the undergraduate advisement form, complete it, and send it to Dr. Cate Crosby, Program Advisor, for approval.

Please notice what classes are offered, when, and whether they have a prerequisite.

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. Crosby.

Candidates are advised into an appropriate beginning sequence of courses 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 Program maintains a list of such candidates. Students are made aware of program requirements from the beginning and their progress is monitored to ensure they complete their program in a timely and accurate manner.

Program Completion Requirements

To complete your TESOL Undergraduate Endorsement, you must:

  • complete the 15 total hours of coursework once your advisement form is approved
  • complete the TESOL practicum during your regular student teaching
  • pass the Praxis ESOL Exam (Test Code 5362) with a minimum score of 149. (Please remember to list Emporia State University as one of your score recipients when you sign up for the test.)

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.


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