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Endorsement Preparation Program English Language Learning (ELL/ESL) (PreK-12)

Our online ELL endorsement preparation program is a great investment. This program is designed for currently licensed elementary and secondary school teachers who desire to be licensed to teach in ELL or ESL settings. With this endorsement, you will become highly qualified in ELL or ESL, increase your career opportunities, earn re-licensure points, and possibly become eligible for lane changes leading to increased salary.

Who the Program Is For:

  • Licensed teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in ELL or ESL instruction.
  • District instructional personnel and curricula leaders.
  • "Emergency credentialed" ELL or ESL teachers who need the endorsements to be considered highly qualified.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

IMPORTANT: This program is not for those who want to learn to speak and write the English language. This program is also not for those interested in becoming English teachers or teaching English in a foreign country. The program can lead to an endorsement in ELL or ESL, but only in those states that have such endorsements. If your state offers an ELL endorsement and you wish to pursue that endorsement, you will need to complete your practicum at the K-12 level that aligns with your state endorsement requirements and the WGU ELL PreK-12 program. Students who complete their practicum in any other setting other than a K-12 setting should be prepared NOT to be recommended for licensure. Each student should be aware of the requirements of their particular state for K-12 educators. See the list of states with ESL or ELL endorsements.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.

What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills

You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your ELL/ESL Endorsement Prep degree. The program requires a total of 25 Competency Units (CUs), which are WGU credit equivalents.

Key Subject Areas

These Courses Add to Your Credentials

  • Culture
  • Language Production Acquisition
  • Planning, Managing, and Implementing Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Field Experience in ELL
  • Professionalism
  • Subject Specific Pedagogy

How It Works

A Degree Program That Fits Your Schedule

WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.

Online learning is not easy.

You should expect to work hard and spend 15 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around.

How Long Will It Take?

It Depends On You

WGU’s competency-based approach results in degree completion times that can vary from student to student. The standard time to complete the ELL/ESL Endorsement Prep degree is 12-18 months.

Many students proceed faster than the normal pace designed into each program. The time in which you complete your WGU program depends upon how quickly you are able to take and pass the required assessments. Successful students who commit at least 15 hours per week to their studies are often able to complete their degrees more quickly. Although WGU degree programs are challenging and rigorous, our faculty is available to help students who are motivated to achieve their goals. It’s your degree and your time: Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

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First Lady of Indiana

How Competency-Based Education Benefits You

Put Your Existing Knowledge To Work

WGU was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.

In WGU’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.

  • You’ll work with your assigned Faculty Mentor on a personalized Degree Plan that establishes the pace at which you move through the program.
  • With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.
  • You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.
  • You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.
  • You’ll be required to complete at least [node:field_competency_units] CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs (8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs) in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.

How Much Will It Cost?

Less Than You Think

We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.

Cost of Earning a Degree

You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.

Tuition and Fees

For this program, a full-time course load is 8 competency units per term. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.

  • $2,890: Tuition per 6-Month Term
  • $145: Resource Fee per 6-Month Term
  • $65: Application Fee (one-time)

The ELL/ESL Endorsement Prep program at WGU is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

WGU Is Half The Cost

WGU’s ELL/ESL Endorsement Prep degree program is typically about half the cost of other equally reputable programs. You’ll save thousands with our affordable, flat-rate tuition and an online learning model that won’t require you to buy expensive textbooks. In fact, you can earn your degree from WGU for as little as $5,780.

Tuition Comparison: Endorsement Preparation Program English Language Learning (ELL/ESL) degree

WGU Penn State World Campus
$2,890 per six month term.
If it takes two years = $11,560
12 credit hours x $784/credit = $9,408

*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU’s standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.

Compare WGU tuition to tuition at other schools

You pay for time—not credits

  • No matter how many courses you complete each term, your tuition stays the same.
  • The more courses you complete each term, the fewer terms you have until graduation.
  • Our competency-based model gives you the opportunity to accelerate your progress.
  • If you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.

Financial Aid

You Can Afford to Earn a Degree

WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.

Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.

Respected, Recognized, and Accredited

Northwest Commission Accredited

Western Governors University was the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU has Teachers College graduates working in all 50 states, and has been recognized by the White House as an example of what works in postsecondary education.

Same Accreditation as State Universities and Private Colleges

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.

The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that “candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.” This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts, as well as a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams.

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WGU Graduates Succeed

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Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:

90% of employers rate the teaching skills of WGU graduates as a very good or excellent.

98%

of employers rate the performance of WGU grads as excellent.

100%

of employers said they would not hesitate to hire another WGU graduate.

98%

of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.

98%

of employers rated WGU grads as equal to or above other employees who graduated from other colleges or universities.

98%

of employers consider WGU graduates strongly prepared for their jobs.

Note: 2013 Survey of Employers by Harris Interactive

You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.

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How a Course Works

Prove What You Know and Move Forward

In the B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at WGU, students advance through each course by mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure knowledge and skills in each subject area.

These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.

WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.

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To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you need to submit an official transcript verifying receipt of a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited institution. You are also required to possess a current, valid teaching license. WGU recommends, but does not require, six credit hours (one year) of college-level foreign language study. However students are expected to fulfill their state’s specific language requirements before starting the program.

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