Academic programs
ESL endorsement for K-12

The School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University offers the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) ESL K-12 endorsement for pre-service and in-service teachers.

VCU students

You can earn the endorsement by planning with an adviser to incorporate the ESL courses into an existing master’s or certificate program, or pursue the endorsement as a non-degree seeking student. The ESL endorsement program at VCU requires 18 credit hours of ESL coursework and six credit hours of a foreign language.

ESL qualifying courses for VCU students

ESL qualifying courses for VCU students Semester Offered Credits
Ling/ENGL 449: Introduction to Linguistics Every 3
TEDU 561: Reading Foundations Every 3
TEDU 562: Reading in the Content Area Every 3
ENGL/TEDU/LING 552 Teaching English as a Second Language Spring 3
TEDU/FRLG 575: Cross-Cultural Communication Summer 3
TEDU 681: ESL Trends and Practices (ESL Assessment) Fall 3
Six hours of foreign language Every 6
Total 24

Upon completion of all coursework, see your program adviser to verify that you have fulfilled the requirements. Your advisor must sign the endorsement application. The SOE Office of Student Services will submit the application to the VDOE for you.

Practicing teachers

You can earn the ESL endorsement by completing the courses listed on the Virginia Department of Education website (used by divisions for personnel requesting this endorsement):

ESL qualifying courses through the VDOE

ESL qualifying courses for practicing teachers Semester Offered Credits
A course in methods of teaching English as a second language Spring 3
A teaching of reading course Every 3
Two elective courses in linguistics such as Applied Linguistics Fall 6
One course in cross-cultural education Spring 3
One course in English Linguistics Every 3
6 hours of foreign language Every 6
Total 24

Upon completion of all coursework, see your school division human resource specialist to verify that you have fulfilled all requirements and submit the endorsement application.

Questions?

For further questions related to the ESL endorsement, please contact Dr. Joan Rhodes at jarhodes2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1305.