Ancillary K-12 ESOL licensure – ESL Endorsement – certificate of proficiency in TESOL – TESL Minor - ACCELERATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

 

Ancillary K-12 ESOL Licensure

Students who complete the M.A TESOL, Praxis 5362 (English to Speakers of Other Languages) , an AELS background check, and the required IDEAS professional development modules can apply for an ancillary K-12 ESOL teaching license. For additional information contact Dr. David Bell, Arkansas Tech's Licensure Officer.

 

ESL endorsement

Certified Arkansas teachers can add an endorsement in English as a Second Language by completing the four courses listed below and passing the Praxis 5362 examination. Each course is offered at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. For additional information contact Dr. David Bell, Arkansas Tech's Licensure Officer.

 

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE

Engl 4023/5023

Second Language Acquisition. An investigation and analysis of the theoretical foundations of learning a second language as a guide to the effective teaching of English to limited English proficiency (LEP) students.

Engl 1023, equivalent, or permission of instructor

Engl 4703/5703

Teaching English as a Second Language. An investigation and practice in teaching different levels of English grammar, oral communication, comprehension skills, reading, and composition to foreign students.

Engl 1023, equivalent, or permission of instructor

Engl 4713/5713

ESL Assessment. An introduction to the tools, techniques, and procedures for evaluating the English proficiency and language development of ESL students.

Engl 1023, equivalent, or permission of instructor

Engl 4723/5723

Teaching People of Other Cultures. An examination of cultural diversity in Arkansas and the United States, designed for prospective ESL teachers.

Engl 1023, equivalent, or permission of instructor

 

Certificate of proficiency in TESOL (7 cOURSES)

 

Tech students can earn a certificate in proficiency in TESOL by completing 21 semester hours that include the four endorsement courses listed above, ENGL 3013 Systems of Grammar, ENGL 3023 Introduction to Linguistics, and one of the courses (ENGL 4013 History of the English Language, ENGL 4083 Seminar in English Language, ENGL 4733 Teaching English in the Secondary School, SPAN 3133 Spanish-American Civilization and Culture, or SPAN 4703 Foreign Language Teaching Methods).

 

Minor IN TESOL (6 cOURSES)

Tech students can add a minor in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) to any major by completing Engl 4023, Engl 4703, Engl 4713, Engl 4723 (listed above) and two of the following: ENGL 3013, ENGL 3023, ENGL 4733, or Fr/Ger,Span 4703. The minor in teaching English as a second language offers students an opportunity to add this useful specialization to their transcripts.

 

ACCELERATED BACHELOR'S PLUS MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students who major in bachelor’s majors such as Spanish, English, Creative Writing, Spanish Education, or English Education can apply for the accelerated program to continue our M.A. TESOL program. Here is the policy and the application form: https://www.atu.edu/gradcollege/Accelerated%20program%20application%20updated%202.17.22.pdf

The program allows senior undergraduates majoring in Spanish, English, or Creative Writing to take four courses in the M.A. in TESOL program. Seniors must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours towards their bachelor’s degree and have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better in those undergraduate courses. They can choose from 5000 and 6000 level courses offered in the MA in TESOL for a total of 12 credit hours that count towards both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.

The program allows junior undergraduates majoring in Spanish Education or English Education to take four courses in the M.A. in TESOL program. Juniors must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours towards their bachelor’s degree and have earned a minimum grade point average of  3.25 or better in those undergraduate courses. They can choose from 5000 level courses offered in the M.A. in TESOL for a total of 12 credit hours that count towards both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.

 

Notes:

  1. Credentials for teaching English overseas or online usually include a U.S. teacher license or a TESOL certificate. Having an ESOL K-12 license or any subject teacher license with the TESOL endorsement is a plus. Teaching ESL in Adult Education centers in the U.S. usually requires a teacher license, preferably in ESL.
  2. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of pay can rise annually with a master’s degree and an ESL endorsement.
  3. Tech offers an M.A. in TESOL and an  M.A. in English with TESL option. English faculty who teach TESOL courses include Dr. Stanley Lombardo, Dr. Paola Gemme, Dr. Chih-Hsin Hsu, and Dr. Regina St. John.