The newly revised graduate level courses offered by the Curriculum and Instruction Department will prepare Kansas teachers to grow professionally as a service-oriented educator. Choose one or both options: an ESOL graduate certificate & graduate courses in education.

ESOL Licensure Courses

15 credit hours
• ESOL Methods (Fall)
• Language Assessment (Spring)
• Applied Linguistics (Summer)
• Cultural Diversity (Fall)
• Practicum (Spring)

Graduate Courses in Education

15 credit hours
• Foundations (Fall)
• Action Research (Spring)
• Curriculum and Instruction (Summer)
• Teacher Leader (Fall)
• Project and Capstone (Spring)

The ESOL courses can be taken in conjunction with the core graduate courses (leading to a M.Ed.*) or as a licensure only program. This program is only available to Kansas educators.

The ESOL Graduate Certificate will prepare you for KSDE ESOL endorsement at the k-6, 6-12, or pk-12 levels. This 15 credit hour certificate is geared to educators wishing to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, but will also enhance the teaching skills for those in the regular classroom.

The ESOL certificate courses can be taken in conjunction with the core course or, for those seeking licensure only, can be taken as a stand-alone program. Although most candidates taking courses will be licensed teachers, the ESOL graduate certificate has open enrollment for anyone wishing to learn more about this field, such as those working with adult English language learners.

Required courses:

  • CI628 Methods for teaching ESOL (Fall)
  • CI638 Language assessment (Spring)
  • CI648 Applied linguistics (Summer)
  • CI658 Cultural diversity (Fall)
  • CI668 Practicum (Spring)

To receive the KSDE ESOL endorsement, candidates must be already hold an active Kansas teaching license and pass the English to Speakers of Other Languages Praxis exam 5361 with a minimum score of 138. See more information on the licensure page.

The core graduate courses are designed around a project-based model in which you will identify an area of interest, explore possibilities for change, implement the change and report the results. You could focus on what you perceive to be a problem in your local environment or experiment with a new teaching technique. The courses are sequenced to walk you step-by-step through the project while simultaneously giving you the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make wise decisions.

A sub-thread running through the courses is that of the teacher as leader. Activities built into the courses will help you gain confidence to become a better advocate for your students, your colleagues, and your district.

Required courses:

  • Foundations in Education
  • Fundamentals of Action Research
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Master’s Research Project
  • Capstone Experience

The 15 credit hours of core courses along with the 15 credit hours in the ESOL graduate certificate program comprise the needed courses for the M.Ed.*

Admission Requirements and Process

  • Application (no fee required)
  • Proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all colleges
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Essay stating professional goals (approximately 300 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation

All materials are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Teacher Education Board. The subcommittee’s recommendation is forward to Teacher Education Board for final approval.

Provisional admission
Candidates not meeting the GPA requirement identified above may be admitted to the program on a provisional status assuming there is reasonable evidence of candidate success. Provisionally admitted candidates must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their first six hours in order to remain in the program.

$375 per credit hour
Reduced fee for school cohorts of 10 or more.

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is the licensing authority in Kansas. According to Kansas regulations, the ESOL endorsement is considered an added endorsement and requires a teacher to already hold a license in another endorsement area prior to getting the ESOL endorsement.

Those teachers choosing to add the ESOL endorsement must pass Praxis licensure exam 5361 with a minimum score of 138. It is possible to add the ESOL endorsement by test only. If this option is desired, a candidate could take selected courses from the ESOL program in preparation for the exam.

As a general rule, the ESOL endorsement will be added at the level (k-6, 6-12, or pk-12) at which the regular license is held. It is possible, in some cases, to add the endorsement at another level. Please consult the licensure officer (Dr. Kirchner) for details.

It is possible to seek the licensure-only option for the ESOL endorsement for candidates who do not desire the graduate courses or who already hold a master’s degree.

A provisional license is available for candidates who have been hired to teach ESOL classes while simultaneously completing the licensure coursework. A provisional license is good for two years and may be renewed once with proof of successful completion of coursework. In order to obtain the provisional license a candidate must 1) already hold a valid teaching license, 2) have completed at least 50% of the ESOL program, 3) complete a plan of study, and 4) show proof of employment in the area.

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For more information contact:

Dr. Shane Kirchner
Assistant Professor of Education
Chair of Teacher Education Program