Become certified to teach English as a second language with our ESL endorsement online program.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 1 Year
Credit Hours: 15
Cost Per Credit: $310
Accreditation: CAEP

ESL Endorsement (P-12) Overview

Campbellsville University’s ESL endorsement online program provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge of how to better reach ESL students. The certification focuses on success strategies such as immersion and sheltered English. There are 15 credit hours of study, plus a 30-hour field experience component that is built into the curriculum. You can complete the endorsement as part of a teacher’s master’s of arts in education, as an advanced level certification or as an add-on endorsement.

The ESL endorsement online program will explore how language is learned and how to better teach the English language. It will also provide you with an understanding of diversity in foundational belief systems and world views. You will get an introduction to the teaching of the ESL skill set, which includes reading, writing, oral skills and vocabulary. In addition, you’ll study the principles and practices of second-language classrooms, standardized testing and the assessment of proficiency levels for initial placement. You will also discover the tools and methods for effectively teaching English as a second language using both commercial and teacher-made materials and gain hands-on experience in developing materials for teaching reading, writing and grammar.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Campbellsville’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification. The online degree offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule while you learn from professors who have real-world experience.

Course Map

Our fully online ESL endorsement consists of five courses that total 15 credit hours. The certification can be finished in as little as one year, with each course taking eight weeks to complete. Successful Completion of the P-12 ESL Endorsement will also include the passing of Kentucky‘s required P-12 ESL Praxis exam. Topics related to this exam will be covered in your coursework. You may also find out additional information on this assessment by accessing this link.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited ESL endorsement online, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
  3. All official college transcripts, confirming a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 on the last 30 hours
  4. Copy of teaching certificate
  5. Submission of a complete statement of purpose regarding enrollment in the certificate program

*Some additional requirements will be requested upon acceptance into the program.

Costs & Financial Aid

The ESL endorsement online costs $310 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in ESL

Upon completion of our ESL endorsement, you will have the credentials necessary to teach English as a second language. The median salary for ESL teachers is $40,680 per year, according to PayScale. Annual wages for the career can vary depending on location, experience and the school. The average salary for entry-level ESL teachers is $39,000 a year, and ESL teachers with more than 20 years of experience earn an average of $52,000 per year.

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Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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