This endorsement is offered in conjunction with the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA program. Courses are designed using the Quality Matters set of professional standards based upon research, best practices and national standards for course design.
The courses provided by UNI that match the Iowa ESL endorsement requirements are as follows:
TESOL 5120 Introduction to Linguistics
TESOL 6510 Second Language Acquisition
TESOL 6286 Studies in ESL Practicum
LANG 5740 Approaches to Language Learning and Teaching
TESOL 5760 Principles and Practices in Language Teaching
Knowledge of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
TESOL 6289 Seminar in Language: Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
TESOL 5520 Cultural Aspects of Language and Language Teaching
Documentation of supervised teaching at both the K-6 and 7-12 levels is also required for the ESL endorsement.
Courses are offered using a combination of Zoom, a video conferencing system, and eLearning, a Blackboard eLearning management system. Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters are taught in eight-week modules on Thursday evenings.
While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in the Iowa ESL endorsement. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.