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. Graduate level TESOL courses may be transferred to fulfill a TESOL course requirement if equivalent. In addition to the coursework, endorsement seekers must earn an acceptable score on the OAE Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages exam (021). Additional information on the state requirements can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website. When near completion of the endorsement classes, follow the instructions on the Obtain Endorsements page for testing information and how to add the endorsement to your license.


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 or working on completing a 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

Listed in sequential order. Please note that 551, 553, and 552 are pre-requisites for 554 and cannot be taken concurrently with 554.

  • 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. Starting Fall 2016, sourses are offered only in condensed 8-week sessions (Term 1: August-October or Term 2: October-December and in Spring Term 1: January-March or Term 2: March-May) as well as a shorter summer term (May-June). Students can register for one to two courses each semester and than one course each 8-week term. We do not recommend taking more than 2 courses in each semester or more than 1 course in each 8-week term (including summer) due to the work load and required field hours. The first three courses MUST be completed before starting EDU 554. 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.