English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

Pacific University's College of Education ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement program prepares you to meet the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission requirements for an add-on endorsement to your teaching license. The program is available in both online and face-to-face formats.

In order to qualify for the English to Speakers of Other Languages or ESOL/Bilingual endorsement, both 15-credit programs, candidates must hold a current Initial or Continuing Teaching License endorsed for the regular classroom or special education, or be enrolled in a pre-service program leading to an Initial Teaching License endorsed for the regular or special education classroom. Candidates work toward the ESOL or the ESOL/Bilingual endorsement in one of two authorization areas: Early Childhood/Elementary Education or Middle School/High School Education. Candidates completing a practicum experience at an ECE or Elem and a MS or HS level will qualify for a PreK-12 ESOL endorsement.


Section Core Courses Credit Hrs
ESOL-440/ ESOL-540 Language Policy in ESOL Education
ESOL-444/ESOL-544 Educational Linguistics for ESOL Teachers
ESOL-450/ESOL-550 Cultural Constructs and Diversity in ESOL Education
ESOL-460/ESOL-560 Foundations of ESOL Methods
ESOL-464/ESOL-564 ESOL Methods, Assessment, and Technology
EDUC-633 Literacy and English-Language Learners
  ECE/Elem Authorization  
ESOL-472/ESOL-572 ECE/Elem Supervised Practicum
  MS/HS Authorization  
ESOL-474/ESOL-574 MS/HS Supervised Practicum
  PreK-12 Authorization  
ESOL-476/ESOL-576 Multilevel Supervised Practicum

Candidates must complete a portfolio as a requirement of the practicum. In addition to completing the coursework and practica above, candidates must pass the required licensure test for ESOL endorsement. Beginning September 4, 2012, the National Evaluation Series (NES) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/NT507_TestPage.html) test is the test preferred by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). The last administration of the ORELA ESOL Examination is June 9, 2012.

ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement
In addition to all of the above requirements, candidates seeking the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement must achieve a score of Intermediate High or above in a target language on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview.

ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement with Study Abroad Opportunities
ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement candidates may also meet the requirements for these endorsements by taking a study abroad course and completing the ESOL endorsement coursework as shown below:

Section Study Abroad (One course from the list below)* Credit Hrs
EDUC-467G/SPAN-467G Practicum in Tapalpa
EDUC-555 Special Topics: Cultural and Language Immersion, Guatemala

*For other study abroad courses that may be eligible for these endorsements, check with the ESOL program coordinator for approval.
** Two of the ESOL endorsement courses, ESOL 450/550 (Cultural Constructs and Diversity in ESOL Education) and EDUC 453/633 (Literacy and English-Language Learners), may be waived for those who take a study abroad course that is approved by the ESOL program coordinator.


ESOL Program Handbookpdf

For More Information

Contact Person: Diana Watkins, Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Email: teach@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1435 or 877-722-8648 ext. 143

Contact Person (Eugene): Sandy Ludeman, ESOL Program Coordinator (Eugene)
Email: lude4154@pacificu.edu
Phone: 541-485-6812

Contact Person (Forest Grove): Catherine Kim, ESOL Program Coordinator (Forest Grove)
Email: catherinekim@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1459