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English as a Second Language Endorsement

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English as a Second Language Endorsement

This program may be completed as a standalone endorsement or through the Master of Education in Leadership, Teaching, and Learning program.

Throughout the 12-month program, Midland students pursuing an ESL endorsement will gain strategies and techniques for working with diverse student populations in a range of settings for immediate application.

This endorsement is completed at the graduate level, provided the student holds a teaching certificate. Individuals with this endorsement may teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in the grade levels that they are prepared. This can be a PK-12, PK-6, or 7-12 endorsement.

Why Earn Your ESL Endorsement?

With an increase in the English language learner (ELL) population throughout the Midwest, many schools are choosing ESL endorsed teachers. With this endorsement, a teacher can advance to positions within their district like an ESL coordinator, or ESL facilitator which often comes with advanced pay and responsibilities.

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Why Earn Your ESL Endorsement?

15

Credit
Hours + 45 Field Hours*

1

Year
(Average)

Class Type:
100% Online, 8-week courses 

Transfer Credits:
Transfer up to 40% of the degree total

Next Start Date:
March 13, 2023

Application Deadline:
March 1, 2023

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*This program is 36 credit hours if paired with an MEd

Meet Our Advising Team

Our advising and admissions team at Midland University’s Center for Graduate and Professional Studies are a valuable resource to students who have questions about their program, school schedule, or even what books to purchase for next semester.

Brianna Ward at Midland University
Brianna Ward

Program Advisor
Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Email Address: ward@midlandu.edu
Phone Number: 402-720-5502

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Program Outcomes

The Midland ESL Endorsement will help you become an educator that promotes the success and well-being of every ELLs by:

  1. Knowing, understanding, and using the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English Language Learners (ELLs) develop language and literacy and achieve in the content areas. 
  2. Knowing, understanding, and using major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs. 
  3. Knowing, understanding, and using evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction. 
  4. Demonstrating an understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELLs. 
  5. Utilizing research and policy and understanding current issues to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment of the ELL. 
  6. Working collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.

Curriculum & Learning Environment

Designed around a teacher’s demanding schedule, the ESL endorsement program can be completed 100% online with asynchronous coursework throughout. With the help of this program, students can immediately apply what they are learning to their profession each day because of our flexible online class structure.

Throughout the 12-month, program, students will complete five courses (15 credits) and 45+ field hours*. Classes begin five times throughout the year and students can choose to start courses in August, October, January, March, or June of each year. Our program modules run from Monday through Sunday, with the bulk of assignments due on Sunday to allow teachers to plan around their demanding work schedules.

Coursework

View the academic catalog for a complete list of courses for the ESL Endorsement. Please note: Midland does allow students to transfer previous graduate-level ESL coursework into this program. Connect with an advisor to discuss any previous coursework completed to see if it may transfer.

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Experienced Faculty

With multiple years of combined K-12 teaching and leadership experience, our ESL faculty challenge student thinking and allow students to share authentic experiences to enrich learning.

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Practicum Experience

During the practicum experience, candidates will have the opportunity to complete field hours in an ESL setting. In this course, candidates will select a variety of assignments related to their practicum experience.

The grade levels for the practicum must correspond with the endorsement being sought.


Already taken some ESL courses?

Midland does allow students to transfer previous graduate-level ESL coursework into this program. Connect with an advisor to discuss any previous coursework completed to see if it may transfer.

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English as a Second Language Endorsement Partners

The Walker School of Education is proud to partner with Omaha Public Schools (OPS), Ralston Public Schools (RPS), and Fremont Public Schools (FPS) to promote an English as a Second Language endorsement for teachers and paraprofessionals that will improve student achievement. 

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OPS teachers interested in this program should reach out to Latasha Muhammad at the TAC Building before completing an application. RPS teachers interested in this program should contact Josh Wilken at (402) 898-3577 or by email at joshua.wilken@ralstonschools.org. FPS teachers interested in this program should contact Brent Cudly at brent.cudly@fpsmail.org.

Interested in becoming a partner? Visit the CGPS Partnerships page to learn more.


Admissions

To apply to our ESL program, students begin the process by filling out our online application and creating an account on our admissions portal.

Please, note: If you are seeking just an endorsement, please fill out a non-degree seeking application. If you are a Master of Education in Leadership, Teaching, and Learning applicant, please complete the graduate application.

For more admissions information, visit our admissions page.

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Cost & Aid

We understand that the decision to earn a graduate-level endorsement represents a serious investment of time and money. The program offers an invaluable experience for practicing educators, and it is an investment that will provide significant returns for the rest of your teaching career. That said, there are plenty of ways to fund your higher education!

Not sure if you can afford to get your endorsement, right now? See what Midland University has to offer! You may qualify for one of our educational scholarships, sponsorships, or grants.

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