Add - On Licensure Program In English As a Second Language (ESL)
In preparation for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in grades K-12, the ESL Add-on Licensure candidate must demonstrate the competencies necessary for certification and professional development prior to exiting. These competencies are demonstrated through the required course of study and through a research practicum experience.
The ESL Add-on Licensure Program is designed to provide for the following:
- Skills in selecting, adapting, and analyzing materials appropriate for ESL teaching and effective strategies for using these materials in curriculum development
- Knowledge of current trends in the teaching of ESL and mastery skills in the use of a variety of effective methods/strategies for teaching at various levels in this area and skills in the effective use of technology in the teaching of ESL
- Competence in the use of a variety of diagnostic testing, evaluation, and test development procedures
- Knowledge of linguistic theory, including the structure of language and the principles of language acquisition, language development and language learning
- Understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity; understanding of the interrelationships involving language, culture, and society and the implications of those interrelationships for ESL teaching
- Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of various methodologies while thinking critically and conducting research /case studies within the context of ESL
- Professional attitude toward the teaching of ESL through study and investigation of current research reflecting the state of the art
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION
- Individuals who hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree and a current teaching license in any area may enroll in the program to become NC certified ESL K-12 teachers.
- Undergraduate students may enroll in any course within the program for professional and/or personal development with permission of the ESL Coordinator.
- Candidates must show evidence of having studied a foreign language at the college level. The ESL Program Coordinator will evaluate all previous transcripts.
- Non-native speakers of English and applicants coming from non-Anglophone countries must submit official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and either the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or its institutional equivalent to the SPEAK test.
The ESL Add-on Licensure Program requires a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work. The sequence of required courses is as follows:
|Course Title||Credit Hrs.|
|ESL 5301 Descriptive Linguistics||3|
|ESL 5310 Language Acquisition and Language Learning||3|
|ESL 5311 Language and Culture in ESL||3|
|ESL 5312 Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation of ESL||3|
|ESL 5313 Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL||3|
|ESL 5315 Advanced Grammar for ESL Teachers||3|
|Total = 18|
|Candidates must receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses taken for the licensure.|