ESL Endorsement (P-12)

The ESL Endorsement is a 12 hour P-12 professional development program for classroom teachers. The Endorsement attaches to an existing Kentucky teaching certificate. Students who enroll in the ESL Endorsement program may already possess a Kentucky teaching certificate or may also be in the process of working upon their initial certification. Both pre-service and in-service teachers may take classes in the ESL Endorsement.

You may complete the ESL Endorsement as part of our M.Ed. degree, Rank I coursework, or complete it as a stand alone program, without earning an additional degree.

Courses are in each area of the Endorsement are offered every semester. Please make an advising appointment with ESL Coordinator to ensure that you know what your options are and what classes you can take in each area of the Endorsement.

New Online Option!

Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, courses for the ESL endorsement will also be offered in an online format. These distance education courses combine the excellent content and instruction contained the face to face courses with the convenience and flexibility of online coursework.

Please know that online courses are charged at a different hourly rate than regular courses. These rates are available at Students are charged in full for online courses according to those rates even if taking a full-time course load.

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For those wishing to complete the Endorsement in the summer, there is the accelerated option of taking one class each month (in a hybrid format which combines face to face instructional time in the university classroom and assessments completed online) beginning each May and finishing in July.

Upon successful completion of the ESL Endorsement Program (including completing 30 hours of field experience and passing the ESL Praxis examination), the endorsement will be attached to the initial teaching certification.

Students who are interested in teaching internationally (but are not working on a teacher educator program in the College of Education and Human Development) may also take classes in the ESL Endorsement. These four courses provide excellent preparation for teaching non-native speakers of English, both in the United States and overseas. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me about courses, program options, or other questions about the ESL Endorsement. I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.

Thank you for your interest in the ESL Endorsement at the University of Louisville!

Dr. Elizabeth Patton 
Coordinator ESL Endorsement Program

Requirements for Endorsement [DOC]