The ESL program at CUAA focuses on the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary for addressing the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students in grades K-12.  Candidates will apply knowledge in classroom situations beginning with the understanding of different cultures, and moving to a deeper learning of English linguistics and grammar.  Candidates will learn research based assessments and best practices in instruction for LEP learners.

The CUAA Advantage

An Endorsement in English as a Second Language offers you:

  • A nationally accredited School of Education dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth
  • Hands-on classroom experience beginning with your very first course
  • All courses offered in a convenient eight-week seated format on campus
  • Personalized instruction that has an immediate impact in the schools you serve
  • Seven eight-week courses that can be completed in 18 months or less
  • Instructors with extensive experience in ESL
  • Real-world skills for addressing student needs
  • A 25% discount for school teachers/administrators working in a Christian school
  • A 24% discount for school teachers/administrators working in Preferred Partnership schools

Learning Outcomes

In our program you’ll not only learn how to be a great teacher, you will:
  • Develop an in-depth analysis of language systems, phonology, syntax, and morphology from the perspective of linguists and teachers.
  • Engage in systematic applications and study of the complex phenomenon of language and different aspects of the English language including: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, dialects, and social context that determine changes in language and how these changes affect the students’ language acquisition.
  • Understand and apply knowledge about cultural values and beliefs in the context of teaching and learning ESL.
  • Understand and apply knowledge about the effects of racism, stereotyping, and discrimination to ESL teaching and learning.
  • Understand and apply knowledge about home/school communication to enhance ESL teaching and build partnerships with ESOL families
  • Understand and apply concepts about the interrelationships between language and culture.

Program Highlights

  • All candidates must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in English as a Second language in order to receive the endorsement
  • The Endorsement Program consists of seven eight-week courses which can be completed in twelve months
  • The program is offered in a seated cohort format with classes meeting on campus or in a local school district
  • Completed courses can be applied toward professional teacher certification in Michigan.
  • Courses are approved as a planned program
  • Course objectives and learning outcomes are aligned with the Michigan Department of Education English as Second Language (NS) Standards, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards, and Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction

Receive your ESL Endorsement and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree with just 9 additional credits!

  • Instructional Design (EDU 831) 3 Credits
  • Assessment and Evaluation (EDU 911) 3 Credits
  • Standards Based Curriculum & Instruction (EDU 871) 3 Credits

Learn more about the MSCI degree.