ESOL Endorsement

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Deadline for Preferred Admission: April 1

Final Admission Deadline: April 15


Program Description:

The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement Program at Kennesaw State University is a three-course sequence (9 semester hours) with embedded field experiences. The program is housed in the Inclusive Education Department in the Bagwell College of Education within the Kennesaw State University Professional Teacher Education Unit (KSU-PTEU). The ESOL Endorsement program requires at least a two-semester commitment. Candidates may enroll in one or two courses during a semester, but must be prepared to devote time to teaching in an approved ESOL classroom during the methods and materials course. ESOL Endorsement candidates must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to create environments and learning experiences that engage students in active learning and authentic achievement. They must constantly assess and use results for improvement of  K-12 student learning.

Program Delivery:

The ESOL Endorsement is available fully online for Teachers holding clear renewable Georgia Certification in any field (Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary Content, P-12).  The endorsement is available as an option within several MEd programs or may be taken alone to add to your current certificate.  Teachers may also take the courses face-to-face or a combination of online and face-to-face sections.

Click here to learn more about the online delivery method.

Candidates in the MAT TESOL program must take the face-to-face sections.

* Option for Seniors Interested in the ESOL Endorsement Now Available! *

Undergraduate students in the Bagwell College of Education have the privilege of beginning a non-degree (certifications, endorsements, add-ons) program, at the graduate level, before they have completed their Bachelor’s degree. This would allow them to complete their BS degree, achieve teacher certification and have an endorsement to their certificate as they enter the workforce, thus making them more attractive in the job market. Click here for additional information and an application.

Please note that it is the student's responsibility to complete the senior privilege program application, obtain the signature of his/her advisor and the ESOL Endorsement Coordinator prior to submitting the application to Graduate Admissions at Town Point.


Program of Study:

  • INED 7781: Cultural Issues for TESOL Teachers (3 hours) -- This course is designed to develop a knowledge base about culture, its influence on learning and teaching, and its role in intercultural classroom settings. In this course, prospective ESOL teachers will examine major theories related to educating a culturally diverse student body, and teachers will develop strategies for ensuring that ESOL students develop knowledge of mainstream culture as they become proficient in English.
  • INED 7782: Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers (3 hours) -- Principles of linguistic systems and their acquisition as they occur in first and second languages. Candidates will explore the relationship of oral and written language and become familiar with assessment techniques and devices for evaluation of the development of English as an additional language. *Both INED 7781 and INED 7782 can be taken concurrently.
  • INED 7783: Methods & Materials for Teaching ESOL (3 hours) -- In this course, prospective ESOL teachers will develop skills in writing and adapting curricula, critiquing and selecting materials, and applying strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening to speakers of other languages. The course will also include assessment of linguistic proficiency and development. *Prerequisites: INED 7781 and INED 7782.

TOTAL 9 Credit Hours


For more information:

Melinda Ross
Program Director
(770) 423-6043

GradEd@kennesaw.edu