Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement

Approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Heidelberg offers coursework for the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification. The growing number of English learners in our public schools nationwide makes the TESOL endorsement a useful addition to an endorsement in elementary education, secondary English, or secondary Spanish upon passing the appropriate Praxis examination.

This endorsement consists of four 3-semester hour graduate level courses totaling 12 semester hours. All courses are offered online, powered by UThink©. The courses may be completed as coursework only, a non-degree student, used as electives in the MAE program, or as additional coursework for those already holding a Master’s degree. Please note that this is not a licensure program but rather an endorsement to your current teaching license. Applicants must have a current teaching license to be admitted.

Affiliations/Authorizations: Heidelberg is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to accept students from all states, except for the following: California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern Marianas Commonwealth Islands, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. Non-Ohio teachers looking to add an endorsement to licensure should inquire with their state regulating official about coursework meeting state guidelines. Questions may be directed to Graduate Admissions at 419-448-2602 or grad-studies@heidelberg.edu.

TESOL Endorsement Courses

  • EDU 551- Issues in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education (3 semester hours)
  • EDU 553 - Instructional Methods in TESOL Education (3 semester hours)
  • EDU 552 - Linguistic Principles and Applications in TESOL Education (3 semester hours)
  • EDU 554 - Internship in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (3 semester hours)

Class Schedule

All endorsement classes are offered each semester so that students may start the endorsement at any time of the year. TESOL courses are only offered as full semester courses (August-December or January-May) with a shorter summer term from May-June. Students may not take all four courses in one semester, but may register for one to two courses per semester and only one during the summer term. We do not recommend taking more than 2 courses in each semester or more than 1 course in the summer term due to the work load and required field hours. Look up a complete course schedule

TESOL Endorsement Offers Opportunities

Increasing numbers of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are enrolling in U.S. public schools. Currently, more than 20% of the students have limited English proficiency. This TESOL endorsement will prepare teachers to meet the instructional needs of the diverse population of ELL students in the United States. This endorsement program is designed for teachers who are interested in learning how to better meet the needs of these students in their classrooms. Teachers will use the foundational knowledge as a base to structure culturally relevant assessment and instruction. This program is also suitable for those who wish to teach English abroad in programs such as the Peace Corps.