English as a Second Language Endorsement

This program is an online ESL endorsement program, which provides comprehensive training for teachers to instruct students whose first language is not English. The program consists of 12 credit hours presented as four courses with embedded field experiences.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study (for criteria, refer to "Admission to Graduate Study").
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on the baccalaureate degree awarding final transcript or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the master's degree awarding final transcript for those who have completed a previous master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required.
  3. An acceptable admission index by meeting any of the following:
    1. GRE score (verbal + quantitative) x undergraduate GPA = 850 (minimum)
    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scaled score * undergraduate GPA = 980 (minimum)
    3. The test requirement is waived for candidates who have successfully completed a master's degree.
  4. A teaching certificate or statement of eligibility.

Program Competencies

  1. Describe the English language system (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) and apply knowledge for instructional purposes.
  2. Compare and contrast first and second language development and theories.
  3. Demonstrate ability to apply research-based practices, strategies and technology to plan, implement and manage standards-based ESL and content instruction.
  4. Apply cultural and ethical principles to teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  5. Conduct assessments in various teaching situations.
  6. Adapt instruction to English language learners' academic needs and linguistic backgrounds.


Program completion rate

PRAXIS pass rate

Student self-assessment

Student program evaluation

Portfolio documentation of meeting standards

Tracking of graduates to determine TESOL training effect on employment

Endorsement Requirements


EDSL 601Linguistics for TESOL


EDSL 602TESOL Theory and Practice


EDSL 603Language and Culture


EDSL 604TESOL Methods and Materials


Exit Requirements

  1. Must be admitted to the program.
  2. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  3. Must successfully complete required PRAXIS exams.
  4. Must apply for completion at the beginning of the term in which all requirements will  be completed. Students can access the completion forms online at www.moreheadstate.edu/graduate or visit the Graduate School, 701 Ginger Hall, Morehead, KY 40351. The completion form can also be faxed to 606-783-5061.
  5. Must provide evidence in Taskstream of having met Kentucky Teacher Standards and National TESOL standards.

Total Credit Hours: 12