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)

*Candidates are encouraged to notify the Endorsement Coordinator 90 days before their intention to complete Field Experience which is offered during Autumn (September-December), Winter (January-March) and Spring (March-June).  

In order to be eligible for Field Experience the following MUST be completed:

  • Admitted to the endorsement program
  • All required coursework complete
  • Official WEST-E/NES score submitted to SPU (

Then, you must notify the endorsement coordinator to be considered for the next applicable Field Experience cohort. Please keep in mind the following deadlines:**

         AUTUMN FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by July 31st
        WINTER FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by October 31st
SPRING FIELD EXPERIENCE: express intent by January 31st

**However, cohorts often fill quickly so it is at the candidate’s advantage to notify intent as early as possible. Once a cohort is full the candidate will be placed on a wait list and will only be admitted if a space becomes available.

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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