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English Language Learners Endorsement

English language learners (ELLs) comprise 23 percent of all K-12 learners in Washington State schools and represent 96 language groups. The number and diversity of ELLs continue to grow; however, the number of mainstream teachers prepared to deal with the needs of non-native English speakers has not kept pace with this increasing ELL population.

The endorsement is added to an existing valid teaching certificate. With it, you can teach English language learners in preschool through grade 12, be more effective with ELLs in the regular classroom, or be a consulting teacher to assist other educators in effectively meeting the needs of ELLs.

The ELL endorsement consists of 18 credits

Note that the endorsement requires a practicum in an educational setting where you work with linguistically diverse students (T&L 501).

Core courses for the endorsement include:

T&L 501 Practicum
T&L 504 Linguistics for Teachers
T&L 509 Curriculum and Assessment for Bilingual/ESL Education
T&L 510 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
T&L 514 Methods and Materials for Bilingual/ESL Education
T&L 549 Communicating in a Multilingual Society

Finally, candidates must pass the WEST E in English Language Learners in order to apply for the add-on endorsement.

Enrollment options

Teachers who wish to add the ELL Endorsement to their certificates may participate in the program in two ways. (Pre-certified teachers should consult with their advisors for program application information, and begin the program after their first “block” of education courses.)

Endorsement courses as part of a master’s degree (Ed.M.)

Students may apply the majority of the endorsement coursework to a master’s degree with a specialization in curriculum and instruction on the Spokane campus. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Master’s degree application including online application to the WSU graduate school as a master’s degree student. (Click here for information about the to master’s degree program.)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A ELL Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Non-degree seeking graduate student

Students may participate in the endorsement program as a non-degree seeking graduate student. To apply, students should submit the following:

•     Apply online to the WSU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student (Select Ed.M. Curriculum and Instruction Non-Degree) (www.gradschool.wsu.edu)

•     Completed endorsement program application.

•     Copy of valid teacher certificate.

•     Official transcripts for any coursework that is applicable to the add-on endorsement (including prerequisites)

•     A ELL Endorsement self-evaluation worksheet if you have taken courses you believe will count toward the endorsement.

Application Process and Timelines

The ELL Endorsement Program admits students each semester. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

For application instructions, please refer to any checklist and/or instructions provided with the application materials.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the certificate program.

Endorsement Program Application Materials (Pdf)
Self-evaluation Worksheet for ELL Endorsement (Word)