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College of Education and Professional Studies

ELL Online Endorsement FAQs

  • What is the ELL Online Endorsement Program?

ELL Online Endorsement Program is a state approved program geared at preparing teachers to effectively educate linguistically diverse students. The movement to an online program provides access to place-bound or time-bound teachers.

  • How is the instruction delivered?

The courses are delivered via an online electronic delivery system. Blackboard is the program currently used at Central Washington University. Training tutorials are available on Central’s website.

  • What does it cost to go through the program?

This program is part of the regular offerings at CWU. Consequently, the costs are standard tuition and fees. The exact figure cannot be calculated at this time due to possible rate changes as determined by state and university administration. The current tuition rates for the regular academic year can be found at

  • Do I pay undergraduate or graduate tuition?

The answer to this question depends on if you are using this program towards a graduate degree or not. If you are seeking only the endorsement you are officially classified as post-baccalaureate and pay the same as undergraduates during the regular academic year. If you are using these courses towards a masters degree at CWU then you would pay the graduate rates. During the summer sessions the cost is determined by the level of the course. You would pay undergraduate rates for courses numbered in the 400s and graduate rates for courses numbered in the 500s.

  • Could I use the courses in this program for a graduate degree?

Our program does not offer a masters degree in Teaching ELL students. However, we do have an arrangement in place that would allow for these courses to be the core for the Master Teacher degree offered by the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum.

  • Do I need to take all of the classes in one year?

Our online program has been put together with the idea that all courses will be taken during a single year. However, if for any reason you need to extend the time for completion, it could easily be divided into a two-year cycle. If this were the case, the recommended courses for the first year would be EDBL 514, EDBL 530, EDBL 531, & EDBL 440 . The second year would be EDBL 438, EDF 507, and EDBL 433.

  • What if I don’t want the endorsement but would like some training in working with ELL students?

Our Bilingual Education/Teaching ESL programs at CWU also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate entitled Teaching and Linguistic Diversity. This consists of the same four courses for the first year mentioned in Question 6.

  • How do I become part of this program?

There are two steps to entering this program. First, go to the following link and fill out the application form.  Second, go to this link and follow the instructions provided. Please note that you have the option of entering the program as a non-matriculated student. If you choose this route, you will need to fill out paperwork each quarter. The link to fill out the application to enter as a matriculated student:   Matriculation is required in order to receive financial aid. If either form asks for campus of choice and online is not an included option, mark CWU-Ellensburg.

  • What about the test?

The State of Washington requires that all teachers adding an endorsement pass an approved test(s). At this point, it is the Washington Educator Skills Tests-E (WEST-E). Information for registering and preparing for the test can be found at this site:

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