ESL/ELL Endorsement


Shifting national demographics mean educators of all types are teaching students in many different settings who speak a variety of languages other than English. The need for qualified instructors able to bridge the language gap and help learners reach their potential is at unprecedented levels, here and abroad.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learners (ELL) endorsement program will provide you with the foundational level of training necessary to help you work effectively with students whose native language is not English.

Earn your ESL/ELL endorsement in just 15-credits. Individual courses are eight weeks in length and this program can be completed in 10 months.

ESL/ELL Endorsement Program Goals

Learn how to teach language as a fully integrated system.

Employ techniques for integrating the English language into students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Understand ELL assessment issues, including accountability, bias, special education testing, language proficiency, and accommodations in formal testing situations.

Place ELLs in appropriate levels of instruction, reclassify ELLs, show ELL language growth, and guide ELL instruction.

Build partnerships with colleagues and students’ families, serve as community resources, and advocate for ELLs.

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The next start date for ESL/ELL Endorsement is Monday, Jun 24.

ESL/ELL Endorsement Courses

ESL/ELL Endorsement

    EDUC 524 ESL/ELL Instruction
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning.
    EDUC 525 ESL/ELL Curriculum and Assessment
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to second language curriculum selection, evaluation, and development as well as assessment and evaluation of second language learners.
    EDUC 623 Linguistics for Educators
    This course provides a rigorous overview of the elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language learning and teaching. The course examines grammars and theories of English, language diversity and change, language acquisition, and philosophy and application of language study and teaching.
    EDUC 526 Language and Culture
    Language and culture are two multidimensional and constantly changing phenomena that are integrally connected to everything that happens in the world. As any language is culturally conditioned, any culture is linguistically defined. Therefore, the main goal of this course is to examine the relationship between language and culture, as well as their effect on community, identity, beliefs, and values. This course guides the student in directly applying an understanding of language and culture to classroom practice and curriculum development.
    EDUC 527 ESL/TESOL Capstone
    This course is designed as a culminating experience for the ESL/TESOL graduate programs. Students are asked to reflect on key areas of learning and application that they have encountered throughout the ESL/TESOL graduate curriculum. The students will also critique and analyze various aspects of their fieldwork experience. All required documentation related to coursework and fieldwork experiences will be collected and reviewed.
  • Total Credits 15
  • Total Courses 5
  • Course Length 8 weeks

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