English for Speakers of Other Languages

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Pittsburg State University offers an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) minor. This minor prepares both teacher and non-teacher candidates to teach English to non-native English speakers in classroom settings from Pre-K through Grade 12. For students majoring in education, a successful completion of this minor and a passing score on the ESOL Praxis examination can lead to a preschool through high school endorsement on an initial teaching license. This minor does not lead to an initial teaching license.

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  • About Minor
  • Career Options

Students do not have to know another language in order to be successful in this minor. The purpose of the program is to support students as they learn how to develop and differentiate curriculums, teach English while teaching core academic content, assess learning, and provide support for families who are not native English speakers. Native English speakers are highly sought after by international English Language institutions.

ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field. As a graduate with this minor, you will be equipped to secure employment in the following roles, and more:

  • Pre-school ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Elementary ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Middle level ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • Secondary ESOL teacher in a KS public school (teaching license required)
  • U.S. English Language institution faculty
  • International English Language institution faculty
  • Adult Education ESOL teacher

About Teaching and Leadership Department

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.

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