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"The (ESOL) program has equipped me with crucial skills that I have been able to use in my student teaching placement. I have learned so much about ELLs (English Language Learners) and how to make my students feel more comfortable in the classroom. I feel well-prepared to enter into the teaching profession and implement valuable and effective strategies. - Megan McCann
The Division of Teacher Education offers endorsements in ESOL and Bilingual/ESOL. The program leads to an add-on endorsement to an Oregon teaching license and can be completed in three ways: by itself, or in conjunction with an undergraduate program or graduate program.
Candidates for the ESOL endorsement are required to pass the NES ESOL exam. Further information about the test can be found on the ESOL test registration page. A free online test preparation course is available via https://online.wou.edu/. To register, login to Moodle using the WOU Portal and your PawPrint username and password. Select the "All Courses" link and search for ESOL NES.
Since it has been challenging to prepare bilingual teacher candidates (TCs), WOU looked for other options to recruit them. WOU partnered with three school districts that have a diverse student population. Thus, during the fall term of 2015, we welcomed 40 bilingual teacher scholars (BTSs) to our university. This cohort of TCs is positioned to make an impact at university and state level ( see an article about the BTSs)
Requirements for the Bilingual/ESOL endorsement are the same as the ESOL endorsement except that to be endorsed as Bilingual/ESOL a candidate must show language proficiency by completing at least 6 credits upper division foreign language coursework (i.e., 300 level or above) or by passing the TSPC- approved exam. For Spanish Language, the required exam is the Spanish NES (National Evaluation Series) exam. Further information about the test can be found on the Spanish test registration page. Additional Requirements:
If you are interested in pursuing the Bilingual/ESOL Endorsement in Spanish, learn more about the Bilingual Teacher Program.
The Bilingual Teacher Initiative recruits, retains and recognizes bilingual students in teacher preparation programs at WOU. A variety of support services and opportunities are offered students pursuing the Bilingual/ESOL Endorsement, who are known as Bilingual Fellows. Click here to learn more.Program Advisors
Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney
Education Room 202N
Dr. Carmen Caceda
Education Room 163
Education Room 159
Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney, Professor
Mrs. Jessica Royston-Dougherty, Instructor
College of Education 503-838-8471 | or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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