World Languages Education
School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
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.