English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL)

ESL Endorsement

If you are interested in teaching in a P-12 classroom (public or private), you may be interested in obtaining an ESL endorsement.

The ESL Endorsement is a professional development program for Kentucky 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. Upon successful completion of the ESL Endorsement Program, the endorsement will be attached to the certificate. Students who are currently seeking a Kentucky teaching certificate may also enroll in the ESL Endorsement Program. Upon successful completion of both the certification program and the endorsement program, the endorsement will be attached to the certificate. Those who may at a later date be seeking the Kentucky teaching certificate may enroll in the ESL Endorsement Program. The endorsement will be attached to the teaching certificate, after the certificate is awarded.  Click here (PDF) for a copy of the current ESL Endorsement requirement.  Please use this form as a reference only and not as a substitute for an advising appointment.

Please contact Maxine Elliottin the College of Education and Human Development if you are a teacher or teacher candidate (pursuing an advanced degree in Education) and you are interested in obtaining an ESL endorsement.

If you already have or are in the process of obtaining  your initial teaching certification and are interested in teaching ESL in a P-12 classroom (public or private), and would like to pursue an MA in Humanities (Concentration in Linguistics/ESL), please contactDr. Elizabeth Pattonin the Division of Humanities.

ESL/EFL - Masters in Humanities with a Concentration in Linguistics (ESL)

If you are interested in combining work for a Masters Degree and the ESL endorsement, the Humanities Division offers a Masters Degree in Humanities that allows for the ESL endorsement coursework to count towards the degree. If you wish to teach ESL (in a P-12 US classroom) with this degree, it assumes that you already have the teaching certification; satisfying the endorsement requirements allows for the endorsement to be attached to your teaching certificate.

Also, if you are interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language overseas but not as a licensed teacher in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, an MA in Humanities with a concentration in Linguistics/ESL might also be the degree path that will suit your needs.

For this option, you may take the courses required of the endorsement, but not "attach" it onto an initial Kentucky Teaching Certification. These courses will prepare you for teaching in an environment other than a P-12 classroom, but will not give you the credentials to teach in a Kentucky P-12 classroom.

If you are interest in teaching English as a Foreign Language overseas or working outside of P-12 education, you may be interested in an MA in Humanities (Concentration in Linguistics/ESL). If so, please contactDr. Elizabeth Patton in the Division of Humanities.