ESOL/ELL Endorsement

English to Speakers of Other Languages /

English Language Learner Endorsement

More than just tips and tricks in the classroom, the K12 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), also known as English Language Learners (ELL) endorsement at UW Bothell will provide you with the opportunity to understand, teach, and assess the students in your classroom who come from homes where English is not the primary language.  Through coursework, you will learn about language acquisition, theories of teaching and learning, ESOL curriculum, historical and political contexts, and learn from an experienced teacher in a practicum experience.

The program began with the creation of guiding principles for working with ESOL students developed by a team of faculty and staff at UW Bothell. With these principles in mind, the program curriculum was designed to prepare both pre-service and current teachers to enhance their work with ESOL students in their classrooms or to become an ESOL specialist.

Students may pursue the ESOL Endorsement through the following programs:

Endorsement Requirements

Required Courses (20 credits)

Courses must be taken in order and students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in all ESOL coursework.

Practicum Experience (100 hours)

Candidates will be in their ESOL/ELL classroom placement approximately 2-3* days a week for a total of 10 weeks (not including district spring break week) beginning the second week of the university quarter, continuing through the last week of the university quarter. 

The practicum will consist of a minimum of 100 hours spread across the university quarter.  The placement will be in a public school classroom identified by the School of Educational Studies placement coordinator, and students will be mentored by a cooperating teacher and supervised by a university field instructor.

*Number and days of the week may be altered-determined by their assigned cooperating teacher schedule.  Current teachers will work closely with the placement coordinator to arrange a schedule to meet this requirement.

Content Test Requirement

To be recommended for the ELL endorsement, students are required pass the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E) English Language Learner test (ELL #051)

This test is required by the State of Washington and is designed to measure knowledge of specific English Language Learner content 

Students are requested to take the WEST-E in ELL during their practicum term

What Teaching Positions Can I Pursue with the ESOL/ELL Endorsement?

With the ELL endorsement added to your residency certificate, students can pursue ELL-only teaching positions (such as a “pull-out” and/or “push-in” services teacher), or general education teaching positions (traditional or ELL-inclusion classroom situations). 

Candidates with the ELL endorsement are highly qualified and, due to the shortage of ELL-endorsed teachers in Washington State, they will be sought after whether or not they accept an ELL-only teaching position.