Program Details

The highly marketable ESL endorsement is a 12-credit online program taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty at UT Arlington.
Austin, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Program Description:

The ESL Endorsement is a 12-credit, four course program that can be taken as part of the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree plan or separately in preparation for the ESL Endorsement TExES Test.

The ESL Endorsement graduate coursework prepares you to teach children from all cultural and language backgrounds (speakers of Spanish, Vietnamese, etc.), and it is required for those teachers in the state of Texas who are working with students in grades K-12 whose first language is not English.

In Texas, the ESL endorsement is a certificate which is earned in addition to the initial teaching certificate. It is also highly marketable in the teaching field today. These ESL courses may be applied to a variety of programs including the master's degree and/or the Reading Specialist Certificate.

The courses are designed to provide you with the practical know-how essential to being effective in our multicultural and multilingual schools. Taught by professors with outstanding reputations, the ESL Endorsement program reflects the latest research about how children learn and develop in their acquisition of language. It is literacy-based, with an emphasis on real-world strategies for helping children become fluent English speakers. Each class is highly interactive, while still allowing you a great deal of freedom in pacing yourself.


Courses may be taken in any sequence. Each course is three credits.

All courses are offered by UT Arlington.

  • LIST 5345 Content Area Reading and Writing
  • LIST 5354 Multicultural Literature for Children
  • LIST 5361 Language Learning: Educational Perspectives
  • LIST 5362 Literacy Instruction in ESL/Bilingual Settings

12 total credits


To earn the ESL endorsement, students must complete all four courses, successfully pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) practice test and the TExES exam, and complete a practicum (or have K-12 teaching experience) working with ESL students.

Out of state students should contact their State Board of Education to determine the applicability of this endorsement to their state requirements.


UT Arlington

Kathleen Tice, PhD
Program Coordinator
(817) 272-5167
[email protected]

Certificate Awarded: English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification

Additional Program Information

UT Arlington is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)
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