English as a Second Language, Graduate Endorsement

Graduate Endorsement in English as a Second Language

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 24
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online English as a Second Language (ESL), Graduate Endorsement is designed for teachers who work with non-native speakers and teach them to speak, read and write in English. 

Students choose this ESL, Graduate Endorsement to: 

  • Learn the latest instructional methods for ESL students. 
  • Gain insight into how to create exceptional curriculums. 
  • Receive knowledge on teaching materials that promote the mastery of English. 

Note: This program is available to students who already have a teaching certification with an endorsement. 

Career Outlook: As communities throughout the United States become more culturally diverse, teachers trained in English as a Second Language (ESL) remain in high demand. 

ESL teachers may work in public or private schools, language academies, or teach private lessons out of their home or the homes of students. ESL students can be found in all age ranges, from children to adults. 

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports openings for ESL teachers are higher in states with larger non-native English populations, such as New York, Florida, California and Texas. Adult literacy teacher jobs, including those in ESL, are expected to increase by 7% through 2024.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelors degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teaching certificate

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit separate application to be admitted to the College of Education

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Prior to enrolling in TE 816A students must be approved by the Educator Certification Office and Department Chair. In addition, students must have taken at least 15 credit hours in the endorsement before they can do the practicum.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
FORL 810Second Language Acquisition3
Discussion of the principal theories of language acquisition, the factors which affect the learning of a second language, and the theories of second language pedagogy.
TE 826Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language3
This course has been designed to present content methods and teaching strategies to promote inclusion of English Language Learners (ELLs) in regular K-12 classrooms. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and the school assessments which include English Language Learners, mainstream and ESL teachers face increasingly demanding accountability standards. In most cases, ELLs are tested on content areas after one year in school. In other words, ELLs can no longer be treated as "invisible" students. The issue of access to knowledge, one of the bedrocks in the renewed teacher education program at UNK, critical for schools facing these accountability standards. This course will also focus on the twin goals of helping ELLs learn social (BICS) and academic (CALPS) English while providing content instruction. These are daunting tasks and as any ESL teacher will tell you, these goals are not always achieved because of the many compromises forced upon students and teachers by an educational system that has traditionally not had to deal with linguistic diversity.
TE 853AImprovement of Instruction in Early Childhood Education3
This course is designed to present the most recent research literature and teaching strategies as they relate to the curriculum content advocated for young children, with and without exceptionalities, including those from low-income families or who are linguistically or culturally diverse. Students will learn to evaluate curriculum, and to design, adapt, and implement quality instruction for young children with diverse educational needs.
Theoretical foundations and sociolinguistic contexts of ESL teaching.
FORL 800Curriculum Development & Research3
A study in the areas of curriculum design, methodology and testing, plus research methods in all of these fields.
ENG 803Descriptive Linguistics3
An introduction to descriptive linguistics with emphasis on phonology, syntax, and morphology, as they apply to the study of English as a language.
TE 816APracticum in Education3
This practicum course requires, depending on the number of credit hours desired, between 40 and 240 clock hours of participation by the student in an educational setting. The specific experiences to be gained and the setting will be determined by the supervising professor and the student.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Glenn Tracy, Ed.D.
Graduate Program Chair, Associate Professor

Glenn Tracy is passionate about introducing students to new cultures and encouraging originality and creativity. He earned his doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and has been teaching ever since. Tracy's research interests include a wide range of topics including theology, physics, morality and cryptozoology.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.