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ELL and Bilingual Education Endorsements

Coursework for the ELL and Bilingual Education Endorsements is completed in partnership with the School of Teaching ESL (S-TESL). For program information and specific course advising, contact S-TESL directly at 206-781-8607, or visit This endorsement requires 25 total credits, and most of the following required courses are offered both at S-TESL's North Seattle campus and online. S-TESL offers classes in day intensive, evening, and online formats. In general, it takes 12-24 months to complete the endorsement. Contact the S-TESL Director to develop your specific course plan.  

  • ELT 5530 Foundations of ELT: Theory and Application (3)
  • ELT 5532 Grammar in English Language Teaching (3)
  • ELT 5536 Cultural Issues in English Language Teaching (3) 
  • ELT 5545 Classroom Issues and Management in Teaching ELL (Available online only.)
  • ELT 5537 Content-Based English Language Teaching for secondary teachers, grades 6–12 (3)  or  
    ELT 5538 Young Learners and English Language Teaching for elementary teachers, grades K–5 (3)
  • ELT 5542 Assessment of English Language Students (3)
  • ELT 5546 Professionalism, Advocacy, and Leadership in English Language Teaching (2)
  • EDCN 5730 Field Experience/PPA* (5)

*Before you can enroll in the Field Experience/PPA, passing scores must be received by SPU for the WEST-E test. You should plan to take the test early enough to allow scores to be reported to SPU prior to the intended quarter for the Field Experience. For dates and registration, visit

A Bilingual Education Endorsement also requires a demonstrated proficiency in a targeted foreign language by passing the oral and written ACTFL proficiency exams and an additional course: 

    ELT 5547 Foundations of Bilingual Education (3)

For More Information

For additional program information, contact the Center for Professional Education at 206-281-2274 or


SPU also offers a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA-TESOL) program. For more information, visit the website or call the SPU Graduate Center at 800-601-0603.

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