ESOL Frequently Asked Questions

What courses are required for the ESOL Endorsement?

ESOL Applied Linguistics (ESED 5233 or 5233G)
ESOL Cultural Issues (ESED 5234 or 5234G)
ESOL Methods (ESED 5235 or 5235G)

Can I take both ESOL Applied Linguistics and ESOL Cultural Issues simultaneously?


Can I take ESOL Methods first?

No. Both ESOL Applied Linguistics and ESOL Cultural Issues are perquisites to ESOL Methods.

Can I take ESOL Methods during Student Teaching?

Possibly. Strong students can ask the Department of Teaching and Learning for a waiver to be allowed to take ESOL Methods during their Student Teaching semester.

Does the ESOL Endorsement include a field practicum?

Yes, in the ESOL Methods course. Most students are able to complete the practicum at the school where they are already employed or assigned for another practicum. However, those students who need a placement will be provided with one by the COE Director of Field Experiences and Partnerships.

How are the courses taught?

Graduate sections of the courses are generally taught fully online, but often with scheduled online chat times.

Undergraduate sections are offered face-to-face or hybrid (face-to-face & online).

When are the courses offered?

Until recently, ESOL Applied Linguistics and ESOL Cultural Issues were generally only available each summer, while ESOL Methods was taught each fall. With increasing enrollment in the courses, the frequency that each course is offered is increasing. Thus, it is best to check WINGS to be sure.

What if I mix the levels (undergraduate & graduate) or mix the institutions (Georgia Southern, another university, and/or a RESA) when and where I take the ESOL Endorsement courses?

As long as the courses you take are recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), the PSC does not care if you take them from different institutions or at a mixture of levels.

What if I think I have already taken an equivalent of one of the ESOL Endorsement courses?

The official determination of course equivalence is made by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. However, the coordinator of the Georgia Southern ESOL Endorsement and the Georgia Southern COE Student Success Center’s certification officer can help evaluate this question.

How can the ESOL Endorsement courses contribute to the degree I am seeking?

Many COE degree programs require at least one of the ESOL Endorsement courses, and most programs allow some or even all of the courses to count as electives or specialization courses.

However, if you attend to apply an ESOL Endorsement course toward a graduate degree, you must enroll in the graduate (G) section of the course.

What is required to enroll in the courses?

Generally, only advanced undergraduate Teacher Education Program students and COE graduate students are allowed to enroll in the courses.

However, exceptions are occasionally made for qualified and motivated students (i.e.: English majors intending to travel and teach English overseas).

Do I need to be proficient in a language other than English?

No. Although experience and proficiency in other languages is valuable, it is not essential to complete the endorsement nor to be an effective ESOL teacher.

How much is the cost per class?

Please check with the Georgia Southern Tuition and Fees Web page for costs.

What if I am a teacher, but not currently a student at Georgia Southern?

If you are a certified teacher seeking the ESOL Endorsement but not interested in pursuing a degree at Georgia Southern, you may apply for admission to the Georgia Southern University, College of Graduate Studies as a Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Student.

Who adds the ESOL Endorsement to my teaching certificate?

The endorsement is added through a formal application / petition process. The GAPSC makes the final determination regarding who receives the ESOL Endorsement, but you can get help with the application / petition process at Georgia Southern’s COE Student Success Center or your school district’s professional development / certification office.


Last updated: 3/14/2018

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