EL-STEM ESOL Endorsement Program
For Middle & High School STEM Teachers

Program Overview

ESOL for STEM Educators (ELSTEM) is a program in which Pacific University, in collaboration with our partner school districts will design, implement, and evaluate an ESOL endorsement program for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educators in grades 6-12. The goal of this newly implemented STEM-focused ESOL endorsement curriculum will be to maximize the educational achievement of English language learners (ELLs) in STEM subjects, while also enhancing STEM educators’ awareness and understanding of the needs and challenges that ELLs face in academic settings.

Funded by the federal National Professional Development grant (OELA, US Depatment of Education Grant no T365Z120107), application fees and tuition are fully covered for selected participants. In addition, the grant provides a $1,000 stipend to teachers who successfully complete the coursework and passing NES: ESOL licensure exam.

Also visit the program website at www.elstemcafe.com.

Note: to become a STEM teacher and earn your ESOL endorsement at the same time, please see our ELSTEM MAT program.

Prospective Participants

Over 5 years (2012-2017), ELSTEM participants will include:

Eligibility Requirements

An in-service candidate for this funded program must be:

  1. currently employed in our partner school district
  2. holding an endorsement in math, science, engineering, technology subjects (or multiple subjects if they are licensed to teach Grades 6-8)
  3. teaching math, science, technology content at their school

A pre-service candidate must be admitted to our Woodburn STEM MAT program through the NSF Noyce Scholarship.

Length of the Program

1 year (12 calendar months). The upcoming preservice and inservice cohorts will start in late June 2014 and end in mid June 2015.

Course Delivery Format

Inservice cohort program is delivered 100% online, except for the ESOL practicum that needs to be done in an actual classroom.

Inservice Cohort Curriculum* (June 2014 – June 2015)

* For Preservice cohort application and curriculum information, please visit Woodburn STEM MAT web page at http://www.pacificu.edu/coe/stem/woodburnMAT.cfm.

Section Program of Study: In-Service Cohort Credit Hrs
June 2014 - August 2014
ESOL-540 Language Policy in ESOL Education
ESOL-633 Literacy and English-Language Learners
September 2014 – January 2015
ESOL-544 Educational Linguistics for ESOL Teachers
ESOL-560 Foundations of ESOL Methods
February 2015 – June 2015
ESOL-550 Cultural Constructs and Diversity in ESOL Education
ESOL-564 Methods, Assessment & Technology
ESOL-574 Middle/High School Supervised Practicum (in your own school)
Total credits

Admissions Information

We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming inservice and preservice cohorts (June 2014 – June 2015). The application deadline for the inservice cohort is April 1st, 2014. Those who are interested in participating in this funded program are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Here is the list of the application materials:

The general application forms for all COE admissions can be downloaded here. The EL-STEM applicant needs to submit only one Applicant Evaluation Form completed by their administrator/supervisor. Also, the application fee is waived for the EL-STEM program applicant.

  1. Completed application form (included in the PDF link above)
  2. a current resume
  3. official transcripts from each college/university attended
  4. copy of current teaching license
  5. one Applicant Evaluation Form (included in the PDF link above) completed by the candidate's administrator/supervisor

Send application material to:

College of Education
Admissions Office
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116


Contact Person: Catherine Kim, ELSTEM Project Director
Email: catherinekim@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1459

Contact Person: Karren Timmermans, ELSTEM In-Service Cohort Coordinator
Email: kmtimm@pacificu.edu
Phone: 541-485-6812

Contact Person: Kevin Carr, ELSTEM Pre-Service Cohort Coordinator (in conjunction with Pacific Robert Noyce Scholarship)
Email: kcarr@pacificu.edu

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