ESOL Endorsement

(150 contact hours, 15 PLUs, Certification Add-on)
Middle Georgia RESA GaPSC approved ESOL Endorsement for a total of 15 PLUs. The Endorsement prepares educators to demonstrate competency in addressing the instructional, language, and cultural needs of students whose first language is not English in the Georgia Public Schools. This program endeavors to abide by and provide expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.89 ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM.

Candidate admission to the MGRESA Endorsement Program requires the following:
  • A valid, level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate is required for program admission.

This is a job-embedded program. Candidates must practice skills with students.   

Candidates must register online under Online Registration for each course of the ESOL Endorsement and follow the link to print the application for system approval.

Course Descriptions

This 5 PLU course is required to add the ESOL endorsement to an existing level 4 professional teaching certificate or higher or to the service field of Speech & Language Pathology. It is the first course in the ESOL endorsement series. 

Course 1: Cultural Influences for English Language Learners

Candidates will explore the nature of culture and the role of cultural factors in the teaching and learning of English as an additional language in U.S. schools.

Required Texts:
Noel, J. (2008). Developing Multicultural Educators. (3rd edition). Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press.

Davis, Bonnie M. (2012). How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.

Course 2: Language Acquisition and Development
Candidates will become familiar with the nature and structure of language as well as the process of acquiring a first and second language. They will demonstrate skills in evaluating communication in order to determine a limited English proficiency (LEP) student’s development language stage through interviews and observations in the classroom setting.

Required Texts: None

Course 3: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
This course is the third and last course required to add the ESOL endorsement to an existing level 4 professional teaching certificate or higher or to the service field of Speech and Language Pathology. Candidates will become familiar with a variety of proven strategies for teaching a second language, develop a personal philosophy regarding second language learning, and develop an integrated thematic teaching unit.  Candidates are expected to teach lessons from their unit to (an) LEP student(s) and share their experience with the class.


Required Texts: 
Echevarria, J., Vogt, M. & Short, D. (2007). Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
 Supplementary text: (not required but may be helpful)
• Vogt, M, & Echevarria, J. (2008). 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners