University of Texas Online Consortium

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Courses · Institution and Advisor

young woman sitting on a red couch using a laptopAvailable to: Students already holding initial teaching certificate or pursuing initial teaching certificate concurrent with ESL coursework.
Includes: ESL endorsement

The ESL Endorsement is a 12-credit, four course program that can be taken as part of the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree plan or separately in preparation for the ESL Endorsement TExES Test.

The ESL Endorsement graduate coursework prepares you to teach children from all cultural and language backgrounds (speakers of Spanish, Vietnamese, etc.), and it is required for those teachers in the state of Texas who are working with students in grades K-12 whose first language is not English. In Texas, the ESL endorsement is a certificate which is earned in addition to the initial teaching certificate. It is also highly marketable in the teaching field today. These ESL courses may be applied to a variety of programs including the master's degree and/or the Reading Specialist Certificate.

The courses are designed to provide you with the practical know-how essential to being effective in our multicultural and multilingual schools. Taught by professors with outstanding reputations, the ESL Endorsement program reflects the latest research about how children learn and develop in their acquisition of language. It is literacy-based, with an emphasis on real-world strategies for helping children become fluent English speakers. Each class is highly interactive, while still allowing you a great deal of freedom in pacing yourself.


Courses may be taken in any sequence. Each course is three credits.

All courses are offered by UT Arlington.

12 total credits

To earn the ESL endorsement, students must complete all four courses, successfully pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) practice test and the TExES exam, and complete a practicum (or have K-12 teaching experience) working with ESL students.

Out of state students should contact their State Board of Education to determine the applicability of this endorsement to their state requirements.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Arlington

Kathleen Tice, PhD

Program Coordinator

(817) 272-5167

Certificate Awarded: English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification
Campus Program Information

To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

See Academic Calendars for deadlines.