ESOL Endorsement

OSU-Cascades offers coursework toward an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement, open to our MAT candidates and Oregon licensed teachers. Here is a video with more information about OSU-Cascades' incredible ESOL endorsement! ESOL is a highly valuable endorsement both for the job search and your preparation to teach any learner.

ESOL Endorsement Requirements

  • Complete the six courses listed below with a 3.0/B average or higher;
  • Submit a satisfactory portfolio based on an instructional unit taught during ED 510;
  • Pass the NES ESOL Exam.

Courses Required for ESOL Endorsement

  • ED 522 Racial and Cultural Harmony in the K-12 Classroom (3)
  • ED 572 Foundations of ESOL Education (3)                         
  • ED 573 Instructional Approaches for ESOL Education (3), Prerequisite: Earn a C (2.0) or higher grade in ED 572
  • ED 576 Partnerships and Ideologies in ESOL Education (3), Prerequisite: Earn a C (2.0) or higher grade in ED 572
  • ED 579 Linguistics for Teachers (3), Prerequisite: Earn a C (2.0) or higher grade in ED 572
  • ED 510 ESOL Internship (3), Prerequisites: Complete ED 522, ED 572, ED 573, ED 576, and ED 579 with a B/3.0 average or higher

ED 219 Civil Rights and Multicultural Issues in Education (3), which is offered at Central Oregon Community College and online through Ecampus, may be substituted for ED 522 with program approval.

Internship Requirements

To earn the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement, Oregon’s Teachers Standards and Practices Commission requires candidates to understand and use standards-based practices to construct learning environments that support ESOL and bilingual students’ cultural identities, language and literacy development, and content area achievement.  Although most endorsement candidates will be working with English learners (ELs) as classroom teachers, with this endorsement you may be hired as an English language development (ELD) specialist, and you will be expected to be able to teach to the English language proficiency (ELP) standards.  A strong internship experience is perhaps the most critical step in your preparation.

Please read the following:

General ESOL Internship Expectations

Roles and Responsibilities

Frequently Asked Questions

The internship requires successful completion of the following:

  • At least ninety (90) hours—during regular teacher contract hours or at school-sponsored meetings—working with ELs. Within that total, at least 60 hours must be teaching. No more than 30 hours can be for other ESOL-related activities, such as class/student observations, parent-teacher conferences, or professional development/learning communities. These hours double count for ESOL & Student Teaching.
    • Observation hours must be purposefully leading toward increased teaching responsibilities.
    • Planning time must be in consultation with your internship cooperating teacher, during regular teacher contract hours, and include Oregon’s ELP standards or their Spanish equivalent.
    • Professional development meetings, professional learning communities’ meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and interviews must directly involve ELs or the district’s (or school’s) EL program goals.
  • Portfolio that incorporates ESOL strategies and Oregon’s ELP standards. You will complete 3 observations (whole or small group) and write a portfolio about planning, teaching, and assessing student growth. It is very simple compared to the edTPA, and it is not an edTPA.  This portfolio is scored by your instructor and university supervisor only, with opportunities to turn in small sections each week for feedback. 
  • Formal Observations (Click Here to Access Rubric, Lesson Plan Template will be Shared in ESOL Internship Class)

ESOL Observation 1: CT observing one lesson together (counts for ESOL US 1 & ESOL CT 1) 

ESOL Observation 2: US observing one unique lesson  (counts for ESOL US 2) 

ESOL Observation 3: CT observing one unique lesson  (counts for ESOL CT 2)  

Candidates will use Taskstream for submitting and tracking all field placement documentation. The internship instructor will give candidates the necessary self-enrollment code for Taskstream for our ESOL directed response folio (DRF). 

Application Process

OSU-Cascades MAT candidates who plan to pursue the ESOL endorsement, please email for more information.

Teachers who wish to add the ESOL endorsement to their current Oregon teaching license are asked to email for our program application.

ESOL Program Forms

ESOL Endorsement Program Application (required prior to registration for ED 573)
Internship Request Form (required prior to 510 Internship.)