Endorsement | ESOL

The ESOL, or ESOL/Bilingual, endorsement program prepares licensed teachers to meet the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission requirements for an add-on endorsement to your teaching license. The program is available in both online and face-to-face formats. It also can be combined with a Pacific University College of Education master's degree program.

  • Students will base their practice on an understanding of theory and research related to linguistics and second language acquisition
  • Students will function from a knowledge of cultural diversity and the impact of diversity on learning, including historical backgrounds and current legislation related to ESOL/Bilingual education policies
  • Students will be able to use a variety of effective teaching methods, including helping English language learners make the transition from sheltered-English or native-language instruction to mainstream classrooms

Prospective Students

In order to qualify for the English to Speakers of Other Languages or ESOL/Bilingual endorsement, both 15-credit programs, candidates must hold a current Initial or Continuing Teaching License endorsed for the regular classroom or special education, or be enrolled in a pre-service program leading to an Initial Teaching License endorsed for the regular or special education classroom.

Program Components

Candidates work toward the ESOL or the ESOL/Bilingual endorsement in one of two authorization areas: Early Childhood/Elementary Education or Middle School/High School Education. Candidates completing a practicum experience at an both authorization areas will qualify for a PreK-12 ESOL endorsement. Candidates must complete a portfolio as a requirement of the practicum. 

ESOL Endorsement

Candidates also must pass the required licensure test for ESOL endorsement. As of Sept. 4, 2012, the National Evaluation Series (NES) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) test is preferred by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). 

ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement

In addition to all of the above requirements, candidates seeking the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement must achieve a score of Intermediate High or above in a target language on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview.

More Information

ESOL Program Handbook (pdf): Updated as of September 2015

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Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 or 877-722-8648 ext. 143 | teach@pacificu.edu

Karren Timmermans | ESOL Program Coordinator, Eugene
541-485-6812 | kmtimm@pacificu.edu

Catherine Kim | ESOL Program Coordinator, Forest Grove
503-352-1459 | catherinekim@pacificu.edu

Associate Professor of Education


Core Courses

Credit hrs

ESOL-440/ESOL-540 Language Policy in ESOL Education 2
ESOL-444/ESOL-544 Educational Linguistics for ESOL Teachers 3
ESOL-450/ESOL-550 Cultural Constructs and Diversity in ESOL Education 2
ESOL-460/ESOL-560 Foundations of ESOL Methods 2
ESOL-464/ESOL-564 ESOL Methods, Assessment, and Technology 2
EDUC-633 Literacy and English-Language Learners 2
ECE/Elem Authorization
ESOL-472/ESOL-572 ECE/Elem Supervised Practicum 2
MS/HS Authorization
ESOL-474/ESOL-574 MS/HS Supervised Practicum 2
PreK-12 Authorization
ESOL-476/ESOL-576 Multilevel Supervised Practicum 2

ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement with Study Abroad Opportunities

ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual endorsement candidates may also meet the requirements for these endorsements by taking a study abroad course and completing the ESOL endorsement coursework below:

Section Study Abroad (one course from below*) Credit hrs
EDUC-467G/SPAN-467G Practicum in Tapalpa 3
EDUC-555 Special Topics: Cultural and Language Immercian, Guatemala 2-4

*For other study abroad courses that may be eligible for these endorsements, check with the ESOL program coordinator for approval.

** Two of the ESOL endorsement courses, ESOL 450/550 (Cultural Constructs and Diversity in ESOL Education) and EDUC 453/633 (Literacy and English-Language Learners), may be waived for those who take a study abroad course that is approved by the ESOL program coordinator.