Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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During the course of the program, candidates must be employed as full time para-educators in accredited Kansas schools, working with secondary students who have high-incidence learning needs.  All of the courses and course assignments are predicated on working with middle/secondary students with high-incidence learning needs.

Undergraduate students may begin the Certification program in their final semester with approval from their advisor and the ESOL advisor.

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Candidates do not have to know another language in order to be successful in this certificate.  The purpose of the program is to support candidates as they learn how to develop and differentiate curriculum, teach English while teaching the academic content, assess learning, and provide support for families who are not Native English speakers.  Native English speakers with an ESOL certificate are highly sought after by international English Language Institutions.

The ESOL certificate consists of 18 graduate credit hours and can be completed in three semesters. These courses can apply to the Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in ESOL program.  This program is open to candidates outside of Kansas and internationally. Non-native English speaking candidates must submit a passing TOFEL score at the time of application.

ESOL teaching is identified in Kansas, nationally and internationally as a high need field.  Graduates with this minor can be employed in a variety of settings:

  • 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)
  • English Language Institutions in the US
  • English Language Institutions Internationally
  • 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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