English Language Learning PreK-12 Online Course Series

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.

The benefits of adding an ELL Endorsement are:

  • Expanded job opportunities because as the ELL student population continues to increase, ELL teacher shortages continue to increase as well
  • Better communicate with students whose English is a second language, thereby being a more effective teacher
  • Learn the cultures of students from other countries and therefore better understand why students behave in certain ways
  • Increase earning power by adding an in-demand endorsement to your skill set

The candidate for the add-on endorsement must have:
1. completed an approved teacher preparation program in English as a second language education; OR
2. completed the following:
    a. Graduated with a baccalaureate degree with an endorsement in a teaching area;
    b. Completed 24 hours of approved coursework in preK-12 English as a second language education that addresses specified competencies noted in section 8VAC20-22-350 of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. To fill this requirement, the Curry School provides 18 credit hours of online ELL courses, and the remaining 6 credit hours of required modern foreign language courses may be met by validation of undergraduate courses in foreign language or by taking a basic foreign language course at a community college.

Who Should Enroll
Teachers with a current 5-year renewable Virginia teaching license who wish to add an endorsement in preK-12 ELL/ESL education.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) sets the requirements for licensure in ELL Education. Upon completion of the course requirements,  teachers work with their employing Virginia School Divisions to request an evaluation for the add-on endorsement, submitting all relevant transcripts to the VDOE for review. Because this is an add-on endorsement, no practicum experience is required. You can visit the VDOE's webpage Adding Endorsements for more information about the application process.

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Students interested in taking courses in this series must fill out a Permission to Enroll form; no application is needed.

Application Due Date

Students should fill out the Permission to Enroll form at least a week before the start of the desired term (spring, summer, fall). Early submission is recommended to secure spots in desired classes.

Funding Opportunities

Discounted tuition is available for K-12 educators.

Tuition and Fees information.

Typical Length of Study

Semester of Entry:

Any

Full or Part Time:

Part-time

Course Overview

All courses online and on a set schedule each Term as follows:

VDOE Competency Area

Course Offerings Fall Course Offerings Spring Course Offerings Summer

English Linguistics

EDIS 5423: English Linguistics

EDIS 5423: English Linguistics

EDIS 5423: English Linguistics

Cross Cultural Education

EDIS 5422: Education across Cultures

EDIS 5422: Education across Cultures

EDIS 5422: Education across Cultures

Reading: 5 areas of Reading Instruction

EDIS 7700: Foundations of Reading Instruction

EDIS 7700: Foundations of Reading Instruction

EDIS 7700: Foundations of Reading Instruction

Reading: Reading Instruction for ELLs

EDIS 5270: Teaching Reading and Writing for ELLs

 

EDIS 5270: Teaching Reading and Writing for ELLs

Second Language  Acquisition & ESL Methods K-12

EDIS 5424: Second Language Acquisition & ESL Methods K-12

 

EDIS 5424: Second Language Acquisition & ESL Methods K-12

ESL Assessment & Curriculum Development

 

EDIS 5470: ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design

EDIS 5470: ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design

Contact Us

Natasha Heny
nam3c@virginia.edu
434-924-1380

We are always looking to improve our programs and welcome your feedback.

Locations Offered

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