Elementary/Secondary TESL Endorsement (teaching English as a second language)

(Also requires completion of elementary education major or the completion of an academic major and the secondary endorsement program.) Non-education students should see modern foreign languages for the TESL minor and TESL course descriptions.


Foreign Language (does not include 101-level): 6 credits
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
No course description available.
EDU 409SR - Philosophy of Education
The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to prepare students to serve as professional teachers. This course is the NWCore Senior Seminar course for education students. (2 credits)
EDU 410 - TESL Student Teaching
This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction of a K-12 classroom for 4 weeks while under the supervision of a licensed, qualified teacher. Candidates will draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions in planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessed throughout the ESL program. Candidates are expected to model "Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society in diverse classroom settings. (1-4 credits) Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towards licensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensure recommendation from department.
ENG 283 - Grammar in the Classroom
Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: NWC101/105 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)
ENG 345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
In this course, we learn the rudiments of language study, trace the history of English, and gain a rigorous appreciation for the power of words. We follow the English language from its origin in a warlike Germanic tribe to its present state as the dominant medium of international communication. We learn the historical reasons for our irregular spelling and enormous lexicon. We sample varieties of English across America and throughout the world. Along the way, we learn to read basic Old and Middle English, challenge common assumptions about the nature of language, and confront the devastation of the world's linguistic ecology. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
TSL 207 - TESL Grammar
Study of English grammar as it applies to the teaching of English as a second language. Designed for active speakers of English who anticipate teaching ESL and wish to learn about those grammar topics of concern to ESL students. (2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
TSL 224 - Applied Linguistics in Language Education
The course is a survey of key issues in socio-and applied linguistic inquiry on case studies of topics such as the nature of language, bilingualism and bilingual education as well as language planning and language policy. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
TSL 225 - Language Development and Acquisition
This course will examine the similarities and differences between the acquisition of first and second languages. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
TSL 307 - Methods in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
Study of the unique problems and opportunities in teaching English to classes made up of individuals from heterogeneous language backgrounds. Discussion of recent research, methodology and grammar concepts unique to ESL. Prerequisite: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Total credits required: 29-32


International students may choose to substitute 6 credits of ESL course work for the modern foreign languages requirement.