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ESL Endorsement

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Become a more effective teacher! As communities become more culturally diverse, you will need the skills to better support English Language Learners (ELLs) in your classroom. The ESL post-baccalaureate endorsement (with master’s option) for classroom teachers assists in meeting the needs of both ELL students and teachers.


  • 21-credit program leads to the Endorsement in ESL.
  • Evening classes held at the Rutherford campus - complete your post-baccalaureate coursework while working full time.
  • At the completion of the program you will have 36 hours of field experience (embedded in coursework).
  • You may choose to enter the MA option toward the end of endorsement coursework (final two semesters). You must receive a “B” or better in all coursework and maintain a 3.0 to be granted entry to the MA program.


  • Learn to engage learners in knowing, understanding, and using major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
  • Incorporate respect for the dignity of each student in the classroom, regardless of background, and celebrate achievements together, as taught through our Felician, Franciscan values of Respect for Human Dignity and Diversity.
  • Prepare for meaningful engagement with students in their classroom and school based on the standards set forth by Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in alignment with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPTS).


  • Completed application to the School of Education Graduate Programs and $40 application fee
  • Standard New Jersey Instructional Certificate
  • Present evidence of passing oral and written English language proficiency tests (OPI & WPT)
  • Personal interview
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample


ESL Endorsement Only: 21 Additional credits

EDU 511
EDU 521
EDU 532
EDU 551
EDU 611
EDU 651
EDU 656
Intro to Language and Linguistics
Foundations in Literacy
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Second Language Acquisition
Theory and Practice of Teaching ESL (Pre-req: EDU 511)
Curriculum, Methods and Assessment for ESL Learners/Classroom (Pre-req: EDU 551)
Literacy for Diverse Populations (Pre-req: EDU 521)

To Complete the Master of Arts in Education: 15 Additional credits

EDU 505
EDU 540
EDU 590
EDU 615
EDU 625
Educating All Populations
Curriculum Development
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Methodologies of Teaching Across the Curriculum (Pre-req: EDU 540)
Collaborative Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom