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.
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|
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.
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|
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.
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