Q: Does SOU have an ESOL endorsement program?

A: Yes, the School of Education at SOU offers a program of studies consisting of five core courses, including a field-based practicum and portfolio. This course of study meets the requirements for Oregon’s ESOL endorsement.

Q: What tests will I have to pass?

A: After completing the required coursework, to qualify for the ESOL Endorsement you are also required to pass the ORELA ESOL Exam (see the "Resources" tab for a link to the ORELA website). To qualify for an ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement you are required to pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at an advanced level administered by ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (http://www.actfl.org).*

Q: Do you have to be admitted as a graduate student?

A: You may take up to 12 credit hours of courses in the ESOL program before being admitted to the Schoolof Education and the Graduate School at SOU.

Q: How do I add the endorsement to my teaching license?

A: When all requirements have been met, you will need to submit a complete application to TSPC.

Q: Does the program qualify for financial aid?

A: The program qualifies for financial aid only if you are working toward a degree at the same time.

Q: May I complete a Masters Degree with an emphasis in ESOL Education?

A: Yes. The School of Education offers a 45-credit masters program with an emphasis in ESOL Education.

Q: Whom do I contact?

A: Gerald McCain, PhD, Professor and ESOL Program Advisor, 541- 552-6934, mccaing@sou.edu.

Q: Does the ESOL endorsement qualify me for K-12 in ESOL?

A: Yes.


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