World Languages Education

School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Graduate Certificate

ESOL Endorsement K-12

The Graduate Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement K-12 is designed to prepare certified teachers with specialized knowledge and training in the five areas required by the state of Florida to teach in a K-12 setting: applied linguistics, curriculum, testing, methodology and cross-cultural awareness. Teaching K-12 requires a primary teaching certification. The ESOL K-12 is an endorsement that is added onto an existing teaching certification. This endorsement, therefore, is for certified teachers or students currently seeking certification with the State of Florida only. The number of nonnative students in the K-12 setting in the state of Florida as well as in most states is rapidly increasing. These students represent an array of different languages and cultural backgrounds. With these changes in K-12 schools comes more demand for qualified teachers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) graduate certificate builds knowledge and skills in teaching and assessing academic subjects and supporting second language acquisition and literacy for teaching English learners in PreK-12 schools. The graduate certificate is designed for College of Education and Human Performance students pursuing graduate initial certification degrees in secondary content areas, school leadership, or student support fields. Students who successfully complete this graduate certificate can expect to increase their marketability in educational professions that serve English learners in PreK-12 settings. This graduate certificate is designed to promote student success in PreK-12 schools but does not directly qualify students for teacher certification. Courses used to earn this certificate may not also be used to earn the World Languages Education – Languages Other Than English (LOTE) graduate certificate.

Languages Other Than English

The Languages Other Than English (LOTE) graduate certificate builds knowledge and skills in teaching and assessing academic subjects and supporting second language acquisition and literacy for teaching languages other than English. The graduate certificate is well suited for students pursuing a graduate degree in a language other than English or for students with graduate standing who are proficient in a LOTE that they would like to teach.
Students who successfully complete this graduate certificate can expect to increase their marketability in careers that include educational components such as instructing, training and lecturing. This graduate certificate is designed to promote student success in instructional settings, particularly in the PreK-12 school setting, but does not directly qualify students for teacher certification. Courses used to earn this certificate may not also be used to earn the World Languages Education – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) graduate certificate.