Add-On Endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)  (On Grounds ONLY)

English language learners present special challenges for teachers in today’s classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners.

This program does not prepare students for primary endorsement for licensure.

Who Should Enroll

  • Interested students enrolled in the Curry School of Education Five-Year BA/MT or PGMT Program
  • Licensed teachers (or those who meet requirements for provisional or alternate licensing) who are available to take courses on Grounds

Other on-Grounds ESL/EFL training:

TESOL Certificate. This program is designed for students in the college who want to work with adult English language learners or to teach English abroad. The 15-hour program is provided through the University's Linguistics Department and The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC).

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

BA/MT students wishing to add this endorsement  before graduation must apply for enrollment in ESOL before the end of the third year of the dual-degree program.

Post Graduate Master of Teaching (PGMT) students must apply for enrollment in ESOL during the first semester of PGMT course work.

The Request for Dual Licensing/Endorsements is available in the Office of Teacher Education (326 Bavaro Hall). Requests require the approval of the student’s advisor, the ESOL program area coordinator, and the Coordinators of Teacher Education. Dual endorsements are granted on a space available basis.

Students not enrolled in the BA/MT or PGMT programs may take courses on Grounds by accessing the correct (on Grounds) Permission to Enroll link found under General Professional Development section of Non-Degree Offerings .

Off-Grounds students should consult the Non-Degree Offerings for English Language Learning page.

Funding Opportunities

Practicing teachers are eligible for the K-12 educator discount tuition rate for the first six credits taken each semester (three credits max prior to spring 2014).

Typical Length of Study


Semester of Entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall

Full or Part Time:

Part-time or Full-time

Course Overview

Competencies (hours required) Course Options to Meet Competencies Schedule Availability
Reading (6 credits) Elementary Program Only: EDIS 5221 Reading Development EDIS 5300 Language Block I EDIS 5310 Language Block II Spring Fall Spring
Secondary Program Only: EDIS 5221 Reading Development EDIS 5710 Reading in the Content Area Fall Fall or Spring
Special Education Program Only: EDIS 5222 Reading Development for Special Populations EDIS 5230 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation for Reading Instruction EDIS 5231 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation for Special Ed Teachers Lab Fall Spring Spring
English Linguistic (3 credits) EDIS 5210 Introduction to Language Spring/Summer
Cross Cultural (3 credits) EDLF 5711 Globalization, Childhood and Culture or EDLF 5000 Multicultural Education Fall Fall or Spring
Foreign Language (6-14 credits) College of Arts & Sciences courses in various departments Fall/Spring/Summer
ESOL methodology (3 credits) EDIS 5480 Methods of Foreign Language Instruction Fall/Summer
ESOL Assessment and Curriculum Design (3 credits) EDIS 5470: ESOL Assessment and Planning Practicum Spring after Student Teaching

Sample Jobs After Graduation

PreK-12 ELL Teacher (provided the student has a teaching license)

Contact Us

Ruth Ferree
325 Bavaro Hall

Please consult the Off-Grounds courses site for contact information about those courses.

Locations Offered

  • Charlottesville

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