English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program with Endorsement Option

A high quality, academically rigorous ESOL program conveniently located at UW Bothell. More than just tips and tricks in the classroom, the UW Bothell ESOL program provides you with an opportunity to understand the students in your classroom and the other people around you who come from homes where English is not the primary language. Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.5 in both B EDUC 541 and B EDUC 542 in order to be recommended for the ESOL endorsement.

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.  Educators at any level in any role will benefit from the program curriculum; however, certified Washington State teachers in any endorsement area may earn an ESOL endorsement upon successful completion of all the coursework.



The curriculum for the ESOL Program at UW Bothell is comprised of four (4) courses for a total of 20 credits. Any graduate level student may take one or more of these courses, however, check course description first for prerequisites. Students planning to add an ESOL endorsement to an existing Washington State teaching certificate are required to take all four of the courses.  

Click here to review the Degree Requirements for all M.Ed. Students.

All courses are aligned with the Washington State ESOL Endorsement Core Competencies and delve beyond the State ESOL requirements to the issues and opportunities of working with students with limited English language proficiency.


Those students planning to add an ESOL Endorsement to their existing Washington State Teacher Certification, must pass a standardize exam required by Washington State in order to be declared Highly Qualified in the area of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The WEST-E English Language Learners test is designed to measure knowledge of specific ESOL content. Students are advised to wait to take the WEST-E until they have completed most of the coursework in the ESOL program.


B EDUC 541 Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Education, and the Structure of English (5 cr)
Topics include research, practice, and connections between language, literacy, cultural traditions, identity and education in preparation for teaching ESOLs in general education or classes specifically for ESOLs.

B EDUC 542 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in ESOL (5 cr)
(Prerequisite: 541, or instructor permission)
Develop curriculum, instruction, and assessment based on theories of teaching and learning specific to English language learners. Includes how ESOL centered curriculum can be incorporated in the general education classroom through specific subject areas and in classes designed specifically for ESOLs.

B EDUC 543 Practicum in ESOL (5 cr)
(Prerequisite: 542)
Students demonstrate knowledge of ESOL practices and theories in a K-12 classroom setting that includes students demonstrating a range of ESOL levels.  Please fill out the ESOL Practicum Planning Information for K-12 Teachers at least two quarters before taking B EDUC 543.

B EDUC 544 Leadership and Program Level Assessment in ESOL (5 cr)
Presents the historical and political context of bilingual education in the U.S., legal issues relevant to educating English language learners, professional leadership, and assessment of ESOLProgram quality.



*OSPI report to the legislature (Dec. 2012) “Education English Language Learners in Washington 2011-2012”
**Working, certified teachers, with ESOL students in their classroom and a certified ELL teacher onsite who can mentor the candidate, may complete the Practicum requirements at their worksite.

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M.Ed. Advisor


Michele Graaff
M.Ed. Advisor

Washington State Certified teachers who complete the entire curriculum are eligible to add the ESOL endorsement to their existing certification.

ESOL Completion Checklist