In Kentucky and nationally, English as a Second Language is frequently identified as one of the greatest areas of teacher shortage. U.S. Department of Education consistently reports that it is the most difficult teaching position in the United States to fill. Nationally, school-age children who speak a language other than English at home are one of the fastest-growing populations. Their numbers doubled between 1980 and 2009, and they now make up 21 percent of school-age kids. There were 4.7 million students classified as “English language learners” – those who have not yet achieved proficiency in English – in the 2009-10 school year, or about 10 percent of children enrolled, according to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has identified ESL as a major shortage area. The degree of need becomes clear when one realizes that between 1994 and 2005 there was a 417% increase in the number of English Language Learners in Kentucky. This was the second highest rate of increase in the entire nation.
The English as a Second Language Endorsement at Northern Kentucky University program will improve the ability of teachers to teach to ELL (English Language Learner) students in area schools by providing training based on national and state standards and best practices in teaching methodology. This training will support the efforts of teachers who are already engaged in English as a Second Language education and will develop the skills and knowledge base of teachers new to the field of English as a Second Language.
This 15 hour graduate endorsement is based on the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards for the Accreditation of Initial Programs in P-12 ESL Teacher Education. Teachers seeking the Master of Arts in Education: Teacher as Leader, Rank I in Education, or a non-degree graduate student (who holds initial teacher certification) may complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Other certified teachers and students in the M.A. in Education program are also eligible for this endorsement as an extended area of study.
Courses for English as a Second Language Endorsement are as follows:
- ESL 601 Advocacy & Leadership in TESOL
- ESL 605 Second Language Acquisition for Classroom Teachers
- ESL 602 Testing and Evaluation in Second Language Learning
- ESL 606 Methods/Materials for Teachers of TESOL
- ESL 608 Grammar & Linguistics for Teachers of TESOL
ESL 601 and 605 will be offered this fall (2013)
For more information please contact:
Denise Dallmer, Ph.D
Professor, Teacher Education
College of Education and Human Services