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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Minor

“They don’t speak English very well! What do I do?” This question is being asked more often by teachers in all areas of Washington State.  Within one year of beginning this minor, you will be ready to answer that question.

The TESL minor prepares you to work with K-12 students in the Washington State public schools, whose first language is not English.  Upon completion of the TESL Minor you will be eligible for a Washington State add-on endorsement for English Language Learner (ELL). While the Bilingual Education/TESL minor leads to a bilingual education endorsement, the TESL minor leads to the English Language Learners endorsement.

Program Highlights

  • High demand discipline for educators in WA state, the US and abroad
  • English language learners comprise 23% of all K-12 learners in Washington State schools and represent 96 language groups
  • Learn to develop curriculum, materials and instruction for English language learners (ELLs) for inclusive and sheltered learning settings in Kindergarten-grade 12
  • Focus on highly effective ESL and content-based curricular, instructional and assessment practices that are culturally congruent with diverse speakers of other languages
  • Knowledgeable and experienced faculty who focus on engagement, quality learning and positive learning environments
  • Integration of authentic materials and technology into every course
  • 100% online, interactive instruction at Centers
  • Practical knowledge and instruction development though interactive for experienced educators
  • Investigate second language acquisition theory and cultural patterns

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete, or have already completed, one year of study in a world or second language or the equivalent (at either the high school or university level).
  • Full admission into the 2018-2019 new Elementary Education Major or the Professional Education Program is required before enrollment in any of the EDBL courses.
  • EDBL 492 requires that four (4) required program courses be completed before enrollment.

Program Coursework

Required Courses


EDBL 312, Foundations in Bilingual Education


EDBL 318, Culture and Curriculum 3

EDBL 430, Sheltering Instruction for Linguistically Diverse Students

EDBL 433, Educational Linguistics 3
EDBL 438, Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDBL 439, Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students 3
EDBL 440, Development of Literact with Linguistically Diverse Students 3
EDBL 492, Practicum (1-15) (Four EDBL courses must be completed before EDBL 492 admission) 3
Program approved electives 3
Total Credits



Advising & Admissions


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Ms. Amy Meyers

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